The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired speedy outfielder Tony Campana from the Chicago Cubs during their winter long compilation of grit and determination.
No one fits that profile better than Campana, either, because at 5-foot-8, 165 pounds (generously listed), you're not going to get an impact player offensively, but you will get terrific speed, well above average defense and plenty of effort.
Unfortunately for Campana, even with those attributes he couldn't land a spot on the D-Backs opening day roster, so now he's attempting to play his way back to the big leagues with their Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces.
Or maybe I should say run his way back to the big leagues, because the diminutive outfielder pulled off a rare "natural" base stealing hat trick during Reno's 9-6 loss to Fresno on Saturday night.
After singling with two out in the second inning, Campana took matters on to his own legs and literally stole a run for Reno by swiping second base, third base and home plate consecutively. And he did it in a matter of four pitches against pitcher Shane Loux and catcher Johnny Monell.
Here's a look at Campana's accomplishment courtesy of MiLB.com:
The steals were Campana's 4th, 5th and 6th of the season. He's yet to be caught, but his total remains surprisingly low due to his 193/.233/.228 slash line. You can't steal first, as they say, unless of course your name in Jean Segura. Then you can do anything.
I also have a theory as to why Campana picked this occasion to attempt stealing all three bases in succession. It's entirely possible he was trying to impress The Bachelor runner up Lindsay Yenter, who was in attendance for the team's "Guys Night Out" promotion. Hey, I could certainly understand, appreciate and even endorse that strategy.
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