Top Yankee prospect Jose Campos has finally succumbed to Tommy John surgery. He had the procedure yesterday, despite the team stating that he was out with elbow inflammation. Campos’s elbow problems started two years ago, but instead of putting him under the knife right away they decided to see if they could get by rehabbing his elbow.
This is puts a pretty serious damper on his development, as he wasn’t pushed very hard last year because of his elbow, and now he’s going to miss an entire season. So the Yankees conservative approach may have cost Campos two years of development. This sounds pretty bad, but we’re not exactly in a position to judge as we don’t even know his initial diagnosis.
Campos was the second pitcher the Yankees got back when they traded Hector Noesi and Michael Pineda, and was doing very well for the team. He had a 3.37 ERA, and a 1.55 WHIP in his career in the minors. His good track record led the Yankees to protect him in the Rule-5 draft, and now he is a member of the 40-man roster. This is very problematic, as it’s a wasted spot, and the team probably won’t put him on the 60-day D.L. Putting Campos on the DL would start his service clock.
Campos was a hard thrower with good control, who will certainly be missed. He will be able to come back next season as a 22 year old and will probably begin the year in HI-A. Hopefully he will come back strong and regain some of the velocity he lost last season.