It was sort of expected for the GCL Phillies big 2015 international signing, Jhailyn Ortiz, to go deep. In a makeup game he did that yesterday. He has now hit four homers in his last eight games. But former super sub Derek Campbell, hitting seven homers in his last nine games, is something legends are make of. He is now the Threshers starting right fielder at least for now.
Coming into this season after two seasons in the Phillies system as a 20th round draft pick in the 2014 draft, few thought much of Soup’s pop. He was just a utility infielder who was handy to have around. He had hit only four homers in 154 games prior to this season.
In the just completed St Lucie Mets series at Bright House, he simply destroyed the Mets in more ways than one.
He was benched in the first game of the Mets series Friday night after going 2 for 4 with a homer game Thursday nigh in Dunedin. It would be the only game in the four game series with St. Lucie the Threshers would lose. Derek returned with a vengeance against the Mets on Saturday night going 3 for 4 with two more homers.
On Sunday, a Mets pitcher hit him with a pitch and in Campbell’s next at bat he lined a ball back at the next Mets pitcher so hard he had to leave the game. Watch HERE.
Last night it was a game that legends are made of. It was the best game of the season as Campbell led the Threshers comeback in a 9-8 win close and late.
He simply played the winds for his long balls last night In the first inning he went with the pitch with the sea breeze wind blowing out to right to just get the ball over the right field fence to give the Threshers a 6-3 lead. Watch HERE.
After the Threshers surrendered lead it was Campbell again who brought them back. This time, after a storm front went through changing the wind direction out to left, he took a pitch and lined it into the left field bullpen to tie the game at 8-8 in the eight inning. Watch HERE.
The Thresher would eek out a run in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, 9-8 to go into the MLB All-Star break tonight.
In his last ten games he has played, Campbell has hit .484, scoring 16 runs, 15 hits, 7 homers, 9 RBIs, 5 walks, and struck out only 3 time in 31 at bats.
No doubt, Derek’s last ten games are what legends are made of.