I wrote about some Rule 5 draft highlights for my Hardball Times column today. Here's a bit about Edward Campusano, the lefthanded reliever who was a Brewer for about fifteen minutes:
Despite that jump, Dan Szymborski's ZiPS projection for him is extremely positive: 52 K's in 57 innings along with a 4.11 ERA. He's 24, so if Jim Leyland can figure out a way to continue his development on the Tigers staff, he could end up as a useful cog in future bullpens.
Campusano, or Jay Marshall, the other LOOGY-type I mentioned in the article, would have been a good choice for a spring tryout, even if there would have been less than a 50/50 shot of keeping him around. Surprsingly, the one team I credited with doing something clever is the Phillies. Now, if only the Phillies would do something else clever and trade some valuable parts for Kevin Mench. Read the whole thing!