Padres: Luis Campusano hasn’t made the most of his opportunity just yet
With Austin Nola still out of the lineup, San Diego has gone with the duo of Luis Campusano and Victor Caratini behind the dish.
Nola is about to begin playing in simulated games at the alternate site, so he’s probably a week or so from returning. When that happens, Campusano seems like the sure-fire odd man out, especially given his struggles early in the year.
Keep in mind, the kid is still just 22 and has never played above High-A ball in the Minors. Campusano made his big league debut last year, appearing in one game late in the year, but it’s pretty clear that he needs more seasoning before he’s ready for an everyday role on this team.
On the year, he’s batting just .091/.167/.091. That’s not going to get it done, plain and simple. And don’t get me wrong, I think Campusano is the Padres’ catcher of the future, hands down. This is just a case of a less-than-ideal scenario with the Nola injury forcing the front office’s hand.