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In 15th round, Seattle nabs strikeout pitcher Campbell

In 15th round, Seattle nabs strikeout pitcher Campbell

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In 15th round, Seattle nabs strikeout pitcher Campbell

The Mariners have been loading up on left-handed pitching in the 2013 Draft, and the 15th round was no different as they selected junior Eddie Campbell out of Virginia Tech. The 6-foot Campbell became the fourth left-handed pitcher of Seattle's Draft.

Campbell is a strikeout machine, fanning 219 batters in the first 160 2/3 innings of his post-prep career, including stints at Virginia Tech and with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League. His fastball sits at 93 mph and will touch 94. He also boasts an impressive curveball.

However, he is also prone to walking batters and struggles to keep his ERA down. His 4.07 ERA was the sixth worst in the Cape Cod League, and he posted a 5.40 ERA in his junior year of college. In an effort to lower his ERA, he abandoned a knuckle-change in favor of a straight changeup.

Jacob Thorpe is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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