The Tigers didn’t take part in the Rule 5 draft this year, but the Brewers did on their behalf. Edward Campusano was taken seventh in the Rule 5 draft by the Brewers, who then turned around and sold the prospect for an unspecified amount of cash to the Tigers.
Campusano could end up being the left handed relief pitcher the Tigers were looking for although he’s short on experience. He’s 24 and he split time at Low A and Double A in 2006 where he was completely dominating. He struck out 81 batters in only 55 1/3 innings last year with only 17 walks. You have to take that with a grain of salt though because he’s playing at a level that he should have finished a couple of years ago. According to Baseball America, he missed the last month of the season with injuries.
Kevin Goldstein liked the pick. Baseball America appeared cautiously optimistic. Campusano is kind of an unknown. I checked both Sickels Prospect Book going back a few years and Baseball Prospectus and couldn’t find anything on the kid. Baseball Cube did have his numbers and up until this past season, he had spent all of time floating between A Ball and Rookie Ball. So I guess we’ll have to wait and see how he does when spring training rolls around.