Welcome to the Show, Tony Campana
On a day that saw Tyler Colvin (’06) sent down by the Cubs to AAA Iowa, it was the start of a new Big League career for another former Boise Hawk, as Tony Campana (’08) had his contract selected by the Cubbies – added to the 40-man roster, and made his MLB debut in Cincinnati’s 7-5 victory over Chicago. He became the third former Boise player to make his MLB debut this season and is the 84th Hawk to play in the Major Leagues.
Campana entered the game in the seventh inning as a pinch runner for Alfonso Soriano and broke a 3-3 tie by scoring on a bases loaded walk. An inning later, in his first MLB at bat, he doubled down the right field line to give Chicago a 5-3 lead – but the Cubs could not close out the win.
Campana, a 2008 13th Round pick out of the University of Cincinnati – was joined in Boise by college teammate Josh Harrison (’08), and was slated to be the Hawks everyday centerfielder, was injured on a slide into second base on Opening Night and spent the rest of his rookie season rehabbing in Mesa.
From the 2009 season on, the 5-8 speedster has excelled at every rung in the ladder in the minor leagues – having stolen 144 bases in the last three seasons, earning Southern League All-Star honors in 2010. He was tearing up the Pacific Coast League this year, hitting .342 in the leadoff role for the I-Cubs, with eight doubles and two triples.
MORE ROSTER MOVES: Multiple roster moves have occurred around the organization in the last week – including Welington Castillo (’06) being promoted to Chicago, as Geovany Soto (’02) was placed on the 15-Day DL, and will serve as a back-up to Koyie Hill. With Castillo’s departure, Steve Clevenger (’06/’07) was called up to AAA Iowa. At AA Tennessee, both Brett Jackson (’09) and Jim Adduci were placed on the 7-Day DL, allowing Kyung-Min Na (’10) a two-day cameo with the Smokies, before Jae-Hoon Ha (’09) earned the promotion after a great start with Daytona. Another former Hawk, Luis Flores (’08) was called up from Daytona to Tennessee to replace Clevenger. Chad Noble (’10) was promoted from Extended Spring Training to Daytona to replace Flores, while Dustin Harrington (’10) also made the long trek from Mesa to the D-Cubs. Following his trip to AA, Na went north to Peoria to take over centerfield duties, while Ryan Cuneo (’10) has been assigned to the Chiefs from Extended – after playing in just five games down in Mesa this spring.