Campusano won't start Wednesday against the Diamondbacks and was optioned to the alternate training site.
The 22-year-old was penciled in to start behind the plate in Wednesday's series finale, but he'll instead head to the alternate site with Austin Nola (finger) returning from the injured list. Campusano worked as San Diego's secondary catcher for the first month of the season and went 3-for-34 with four walks, one RBI and 11 strikeouts in 11 appearances. He figures to remain at the alternate site while Nola and Victor Caratini remain healthy.
Georgia prosecutors dropped felony marijuana possession charges against Campusano on Friday due to a lack of probable cause for the traffic stop that led to his October arrest, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Campusano was pulled over in the early morning and found with 79 grams (2.8 ounces) of marijuana in his car. The offense is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison in Georgia but results in a much lighter sentence in other parts of the country. In Camupasano's case, it won't result in any punishment at all. Campusano will remain as the Padres' backup catcher in the short term, but he'll likely head to the minors once Austin Nola (finger) gets healthy.
Campusano will open the season on the big-league roster while Austin Nola (finger) heads to the injured list, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Nola's injury isn't expected to keep him out long, and Campusano will be stuck behind Victor Caratini during his time on the roster, so he might not get the chance to make more than two or three starts before being sent back to the minors. Campusano could surface from time to time this season if Nola or Caratini gets hurt, but he's probably not yet ready to make a significant impact, as his one-game debut last season represents his only appearance to date above the High-A level.
Campusano would be in line to make the Padres' Opening Day roster if Austin Nola (finger) isn't ready by Opening Day, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Nola fractured the middle finger on his left (non-throwing) hand Saturday, casting doubt upon his ability to play when the regular season kicks off. If Nola is unable to go, Victor Caratini would likely open the season as the Padres' primary catcher, with Campusano filling in as the backup. The 22-year-old has enjoyed a strong spring, slashing .313/.421/.438 with a pair of doubles. He has struck out only three times in 16 at-bats.
Campusano briefly left camp earlier in the week due to a personal issue, but he returned Thursday and could be in the lineup either Friday or Saturday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The nature of the issue has not been disclosed, so there's no telling whether it's related to Campusano's felony marijuana possession case, which remains pending in Georgia. With both Austin Nola and Victor Caratini ahead of Campusano on the catching depth chart and the legal issue clouding his outlook, Campusano may have a tough time breaking the Opening Day roster.
Campusano has reported to Padres camp and the team is said to "feel good" about his legal situation, Darnay Tripp of NBC San Diego reports.
Campusano was charged with felony marijuana possession in Georgia last October, casting a cloud over his status for the 2021 campaign. However, the catcher's presence in camp suggests that San Diego expects him to be able to compete this season. Nonetheless, his path to an Opening Day roster spot is clouded by the presence of Austin Nola and Victor Caratini ahead of him on the depth chart.
Campusano was charged with felony marijuana possession in his home state of Georgia on Saturday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Campusano was pulled over in the early morning and found with 79 grams (2.8 ounces) of marijuana in his car. Georgia law dictates that possession of more than one ounce of marijuana is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. What exactly will happen with Campusano, and how exactly his baseball career will be affected, remains to be seen.
The Padres reinstated Campusano (wrist) from the 10-day injured list and included him on the 28-man roster for the team's wild-card series with the Cardinals that begins Wednesday.
He'll serve as the Padres' No. 3 catcher behind Austin Nola and Jason Castro during the three-game series. Campusano appeared in one game before being shut down in early September with a sprained left wrist, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run in that contest.
According to Padres manager Jayce Tingler, Campusano (wrist) is "a little behind" the return schedules of recently activated Tommy Pham and Eric Hosmer (finger), Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Tingler did not set a target date for Campusano's return, though it's worth nothing that the other players he mentioned have since been activated. That could mean that Campusano has a chance to rejoin the club before the end of the regular season, though it would be wise to wait until a more concrete update is provided before making such an assumption. With Francisco Mejia optioned to the team's alternate training site Saturday, Campusano could have a spot on the active roster as the Padres' third catcher if he is able to make it back on the field before the end of the season.
Campusano has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist sprain, retroactive to Sept. 5.
Any injury at this point puts the rest of his season in jeopardy, though the Padres have not ruled out a return for Campusano before the end of the month. Former Mariners closer Taylor Williams was recalled in a corresponding move, so San Diego will be rolling with two catchers again, at least until Francisco Mejia (thumb) is ready.
Campusano was originally scheduled to start Saturday against Oakland but was scratched with left hand soreness.
Campusano earned his first career callup Friday and hit a solo homer in his big-league debut. He'll have to wait at least a bit to follow that performance up, though there's been no indication that his injury is a long-term issue.
Campusano's contract was selected by the Padres on Friday.
Campusano will make his major-league debut Friday as he serves as the designated hitter and bats seventh against the Athletics. The 21-year-old had a .905 OPS with 15 home runs and 81 RBI at the High-A level, but it's unclear whether he'll see significant playing time on the major-league roster.
The Padres are considering calling up Campusano sometime this month, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
While San Diego recently acquired two catchers -- Jason Castro and Austin Nola -- in separate trades, Nola's ability to play the infield could make it easier for the team to carry another backstop. Campusano has yet to advance to the Double-A level in the minors, but he has impressed enough at the team's alternate training site to potentially warrant a late-season callup. Lin notes that the 21-year-old hit two home runs in the presence of general manager A.J. Preller at the University of San Diego (where non-active players in the team's 60-man player pool are training) on Tuesday.
Campusano has been impressive while training at the Padres' alternate site, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Campusano was included in the Padres' player pool after slashing .325/.396/.509 and winning co-MVP honors in the California League last season. Per Cassavell, the 21-year-old has been "red-hot" at the alternate site, hitting multiple "loud" home runs and strengthening his status as the team's catcher of the future. While Campusano wasn't expected to arrive in the big leagues until 2021, there is an outside chance that he could be called upon to help out the big-league club this season given the struggles of both Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejia (thumb) so far in 2020.
Campusano will be part of the Padres' 60-man summer camp.
This is hardly surprising, as MLB teams need a handful of catchers in their 60-man player pools in order to work with their young pitchers and Campusano has a chance to be the Padres' catcher of the future. However, he is clearly behind Francisco Mejia and Austin Hedges on the depth chart and Luis Torrens is probably a better bet to get MLB action as well, considering Campusano has never played above High-A.
Campusano is a candidate to be placed on the Padres' taxi squad if a 2020 season takes place, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Campusano probably isn't ready for a leap to the major leagues -- he spent all of last season in High-A ball -- but placement on the taxi squad may be the best way to continue his development considering the perilous state of the minor-league season. The 21-year-old is coming off a co-MVP campaign in the California League and is considered the top catching prospect in the Padres' system.
Campusano was sent to minor-league camp Sunday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Campusano got into two Cactus League games, going 1-for-4 with a single. He will likely begin the season in Double-A ball after tearing up the California League last season with a .325 batting average and 15 home runs en route to co-MVP honors.
Campusano was invited to the Padres' major-league spring training Thursday.
Campusano was named a co-MVP of the California League last season after logging a .320 batting average with 13 home runs while playing for High-A Lake Elsinore. He struggled in the Arizona Fall League, but he'll get the chance to develop in the spring with the major-league coaching staff. Campusano will likely spend 2020 at the Double-A level.
Campusano has been removed from Peoria's roster in the Arizona Fall League.
Campusano struggled in four games with Peoria, going 1-for-13 with six strikeouts. No reason has been given for the 21-year-old's removal from the roster. Campusano was the co-MVP of the California League this season, hitting .325 with 15 home runs in 109 games with Lake Elsinore.
Campusano is hitting .077 (1-for-13) in four games for Peoria of the Arizona Fall League.
Campusano batted .325 with 15 homers for High-A Lake Elsinore this season but has struggled to find his groove in the more competitive AFL, striking out six times in 15 plate appearances. He is one of three top Padres prospects competing in Arizona this fall.
|Last 7 Games|
|04/25||@ LAD||W 8-7||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/24||@ LAD||L 4-5||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|04/22||@ LAD||W 3-2||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/20||vs MIL||L 0-6||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/16||vs LAD||L 6-11||4||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|04/15||@ PIT||W 8-3||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|04/13||@ PIT||L 4-8||4||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|More Batting Stats|
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2017||R-AZL Padres 2||13||44||5||11||0||0||3||12||9||11||0||1||.250||.377||.455|
|2018||AFX-Fort Wayne TinCaps||70||260||26||75||11||0||3||40||19||43||0||1||.288||.345||.365|
|2019||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||110||422||63||137||31||1||15||81||52||57||0||0||.325||.396||.509|