Now Commenting On:

Campana the speedster in Halos' group of callups


HOUSTON -- There is a little bit of everything, skill-wise, in the Angels' wave of September callups, but there's no questioning who's got the speed in the group of 11.

Outfielder Tony Campana will likely be a pinch-running option this month as the Angels chase a postseason spot.

Acquired from the D-backs as part of the Joe Thatcher deal in July and plugging away at Triple-A Salt Lake since, Campana knows exactly where he fits in on the expanded active roster.

"Hopefully, I can run a little bit and play some defense and do whatever I can," Campana said. "I'm cool with it, any way I can get in and cause a little excitement. If I can help win a game by going in and stealing a base or scoring from first on a double, I'm down to do it."

There's also a bit of a model for Campana to follow. The Angels called up speedster Chone Figgins in late August 2002, and in 15 games, Figgins had two steals and six runs scored.

That secured him a spot on the postseason roster and six playoff appearances as a pinch-runner. He scored a crucial run in a 6-5 comeback victory in Game 6 that catapulted the Angels to the World Series title.

Campana is well aware of that story.

"He was a big part of September, I remember that," he said. "Same deal -- he stole some bases and played good defense. If I can bring that to the table, that would be awesome."

Although Campana is capable of playing all three outfield positions, he probably doesn't have the arm strength usually desired in right. But with his speed, the basepaths will be his defining territory.

So just how fast is he?

"I ran a 4.25 [40-yard dash] my first year out of college, so I was 22 last time I ran it," the 28-year-old Campana. "I don't know exactly anymore. But I can pick 'em up and put 'em down pretty good."

Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español