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  • Noah Campbell Should Not Be Neglected

    Harold Hutchison

    Brewers fans rightfully consider prospects like Jackson Chourio, Tyler Black, Jeferson Quero, and Jacob Misiorowski to be virtually untouchable–not for sale under anything but the absolutely most favorable circumstances. However, there is another prospect–a surprising one–who may also warrant that status.

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    That prospect is Noah Campbell. He was initially picked in the 19th round of the 2017 amateur draft by the Brewers, but went to college instead. The Crew then signed him when he went undrafted in the truncated 2020 amateur draft, the one that produced Garrett Mitchell and Joey Wiemer. So, what would warrant him being untouchable?

    Let’s take a look.

    Offensive Profile

    Campbell is a switch-hitter who draws lots of walks. In fact, in 752 professional at-bats, he has drawn 131 walks, with 215 strikeouts. Compared to the ratios of Keston Hiura and Jackson Chourio, that is quite impressive. He’s done most of his damage against right-handed pitching in 2023, but still posted a .329 OBP against left-handed pitchers.

    Over his minor-league career, he has also hit for a solid average (.263), posting 45 doubles and 15 home runs. The doubles and homers are roughly the same sort of production one would expect from Jeff Cirillo over a full MLB season. Campbell has seen a bit of a power surge, too, hitting eight homers this season after totaling seven in 2021 and 2022.

    He also has flashed some speed, stealing 20 bases in 2021, and adding a half-dozen in 2022 and (so far) in 2023. So, in terms of offense, Campbell is a solid player who doesn’t embarrass himself, and the offense has arguably gone up a level. It isn’t just his offense that Brewers fans will love, though.

    Defensive Versatility

    Often, prospects get downgraded for lack of a so-called “defensive home.” Usually, this means a liability. In Campbell’s case, though, there hasn’t been a permanent home – because he’s arguably flashed the versatility of Hernan Perez, arguably the best utility player in Brewers history.

    Campbell has played all three outfield positions, all four infield positions, and even donned the tools of ignorance for part of a game as a professional. He didn’t embarrass himself at any of the positions, and in fact, even collected a save during his time on the mound.

    With the adoption of the DH, a team has four bench spots for the position player group. One will go to a second catcher. That leaves three others to back up the other seven positions. Campbell’s competence at those positions makes him an excellent choice to be on the bench, and gives the Brewers a viable “emergency” catcher on days when they deploy William Contreras as the DH.

    But Wait, There’s More

    Campbell also made four appearances on the mound in 2021 with the Carolina Mudcats, posting an 8.10 ERA (due to giving up three runs in one outing) but also notching a save in the last appearance. He has not seen the mound since, but this could be valuable, as it gives the Crew someone who can take up some “garbage” innings in blowouts–either in the Brewers’ favor, or when the team’s on the wrong end of one.


    Noah Campbell might not be a normal top prospect to whom a team would cleave unless they were getting a massive upgrade or star, but for the Brewers, he could be a particularly valuable and potent weapon. They should not deal him any time soon.

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    I like Noah Campbell as a potential utility type player, but some of the reasoning here is... interesting.

    A player being able to be an emergency catcher is really not worth anything. Him throwing garbage time clean-up innings on the mound is also pretty irrelevant to his value as a player. 

    The on base skills and having some thump in his bat, while limiting strikeouts is definitely what makes him interesting. His defense is pretty mediocre all over the field though, so playing all of those spots doesn't mean too much other than it gives him a lot of ways to fill in as needed. I can't imagine he's ever a defensive replacement for anybody.

    He has a prototypical utility player profile, and that's very nice to have on the roster, but if a team came to Matt Arnold and offered almost any league average MLB hitter for him, the Brewers should probably take that deal.

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    There are obviously differences, especially on defense, but he kind of reminds me of Devanney, in that the Brewers seem to not fully see them as a top prospect but are impressed enough with the results to see where things go.

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    He is more of a Blake Perkins. Minor League numbers line up pretty well (Perk a little more power) and athletic profiles line up . Think he could be MLB player but not buying stock that he is more than a 4-5 OF utility. Solid player, great value for 19th round pick! 

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