Venezuelan native Brhayan Campos will soon start his third season of professional baseball in the Miami Marlins system.
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Brhayan Jose Campos is a 6’1″, 185 lb. righty-hitting and throwing catcher and first baseman from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, population 881,127. The city has produced 29 major leaguers through history, including current catchers Manny Pina, Juan Graterol, pitcher Carlos Carrasco, outfielder Ender Inciarte, and third baseman Carlos Asuaje.
Campos was born on September 17th, 1998, and signed with the Miami Marlins through their international free agency program on April 26th, 2017. Like most players originating out of Venezuela, Campos reported to the rookie-level DSL Marlins, in the Dominican Summer League.
The 2017 campaign would see Campos appear in 23 games, 19 of them a start behind the plate. He threw out five-of-29 base stealers and registered a .991 fielding percentage, by making only one error in 114 innings of work. At the plate, he turned in a solid .306 batting average over 70 plate appearances, with four extra base hits, all doubles. He only drew one walk, and struck out six times.
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In 2018, Campos remained with the DSL Marlins. It’s not exactly a rare occurrence for a young player entering his second professional season to stay at the lowest level. Campos only appeared 15 times, making six starts each at first base and at catcher. He only made one error, turning in a .983 fielding percentage at catcher and a perfect mark in 53 chances at first base. At the plate, he was 11-for-42 with four doubles and one RBI. Campos drew seven walks and struck out eight times.
Campos collected multiple hits three times, each occurrence consisting of a single and a double. He also only collected one RBI through the season, in a 4-1 victory over the DSL Braves on June 4th.
Campos performed well enough to remain in the Miami Marlins organization through the 2019 campaign. He may again start in the Dominican Summer League, where he is currently rostered, but may instead begin with the GCL Marlins in the Gulf Coast League or with the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs.
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