After designating Tony Campana for assignment last week the Cubs have traded him to the Diamondbacks for a pair of 17-year-old pitchers named Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo.
Leal and Castillo aren’t considered significant prospects, but getting two live arms with any sort of upside for Campana is pretty solid work for the Cubs considering he’s a fairly standard fourth outfielder-type who combines elite speed and range with a poor bat.
Campana has hit .262 with a .605 OPS in 184 games as a big leaguer, which is about what you’d expect based on his minor-league track record. If he ever got a chance to play regularly he’s capable of stealing 60-plus bases, but at age 27 that’s unlikely. He’s often described as “gritty,” though, and the Diamondbacks seem intent on cornering the market there.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.