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TONY CAMPANA NAMED LEAGUES 2017 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

TONY CAMPANA NAMED LEAGUES 2017 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

TONY CAMPANA NAMED LEAGUES 2017 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR


SIOUX CITY, IA - The American Association of Professional Baseball announced today that Sioux City Explorers centerfielder Tony Campana has been tabbed as the 2017 American Association Defensive Player of the Year.


The Knoxville, TN native is in his first season with the X’s and currently has .991 fielding percentage to go along with 228 put-outs and 4 assists. On the season offensively, Campana has accumulated a .309 batting average to go along with a team leading 118 hits (4th in the American Association) in 382 at-bats.  The speedy centerfielder has also recorded a team leading 35 stolen bases (3rd in the American Association) while scoring 58 runs.


Campana was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 13th round of the 2008 MLB Draft from the University of Cincinnati. Campana made his major league debut with the Cubs on May 17, 2011 against the Cincinnati Reds, collecting his first major league hit in his first major league at bat with an RBI double. Later that season on August 5th, Campana hit his first major league home run with a two-run inside the park homerun in the first inning off of Mike Leake, becoming the first Cubs player to accomplish the feat at Wrigley Field. For the 2011 season, the speedy outfielder led the Cubs with 24 stolen bases in 95 games, while only being caught stealing twice. His 92.3 percent success rate was tops in the major leagues and also set a Cubs franchise record for a rookie.

Campana had another good season with the Cubs in 2012, batting .264 and stealing 30 bases in 89 games. The 30 stolen bases led the Cubs for a second consecutive season and were also good for T-9th most in the entire National League. Campana was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013, appearing in 29 games and tying a D’Backs club record drawing five walks in a game on August 24. Campana would play in 26 games with the D’Backs in 2014 before being traded to the LA Angels of Anaheim where he would see action in 18 games finishing with a .333 batting average.

Campana missed the entire 2015 season due to a torn ACL injury and spent the 2016 season splitting time between the Triple-A affiliates with the Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox.

Prior to beginning his professional career, Campana played collegiately at the University of Cincinnati where he still ranks 1st in career stolen bases (104) and 7th in career triples (9) in just two seasons played there.  Campana broke the school’s single season record for stolen bases in each of his two seasons with 60 in 2007 and 44 in 2008.

The X’s will play game two of the final 4 game series tonight in Sioux Falls before welcoming the Canaries to Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park on Sunday (6:05 PM) and Monday (2:05 PM) to wrap up the 2017 regular season. For tickets, visit the box office at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park, call (712) 277-WINS or visit the X’s website at www.xsbaseball.com.