LUIS CAMPUSANO SAN DIEGO #9
Luis Campusano | Rank: 9 (Preseason: 18)
Team: Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)ETA: 2021Position: CAge: 20 DOB: 09/29/1998Bats: R Throws: RHeight: 6′ 0″ Weight: 215 lb.Drafted: 2017, 2nd (39) – SDOther Lists: Top 10 C Prospects (#9)
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 30 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50
With potential on both offense and defense, Campusano became the first catcher picked in 2017, going to the Padres in the second round with the No. 39 overall pick. He signed for $1.3 million and then made his professional debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League. In ’18, he caught 70 games in the Midwest League with strong numbers on offense and an impressive showing behind the plate. But Campusano’s season came to an early end in August because of a concussion.
Campusano has a pair of plus tools in his raw power and arm strength, but his approach is too aggressive and his right-handed swing too long at times. Still, Campusano’s bat speed and penchant for making loud contact both bode well if he can make the necessary adjustments. His power is almost exclusively to the pull side, but he’d begun to make adjustments and use the entire field before his 2018 season ended early due to injury.
Campusano should remain behind the plate, as he shows solid blocking technique and receiving skills that have gotten better. His best weapon is an accurate and strong arm, and he consistently delivers sub-2.0 second pop times. Campusano will need time to develop his game, but the final product could be an everyday catcher who contributes on both sides of the ball.