Soup Stays Hot

By wbng sports

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton)

In his third season in Binghamton, Eric Campbell has become one of the driving forces of the team.
After struggling through most of last season, Campbell is now one of the team leaders.
And he was rewarded for his good season with a trip to the Eastern League All-Star game.
Action Sports reporter Gabe Osterhout tells us Soup took some time away, changed his approach and it has been paying off.

"It means a lot. I was honored. It means all the work I did in the off season has come to life in the first half of the season...I'm honored to represent the Binghamton Mets."

Eric Campbell has been one of the most consistent players at the plate for the Binghamton Mets this season.
Playing in his third season in Binghamton, Campbell has been hot since the season started.

He's hitting .332 with 6 home runs and 34 RBI.
Soup has also stolen 6 bases this year.
Those stats are much better than last season, when he struggled at the plate and in the field.
And he says he lost his confidence.

"Right after the season, I took a lot of time off. I went back to school and I kind of got that fire back. I went to spring training early this year and it helped me going into the early part of this season for sure."

Campbell battled through some injuries in spring training but says he's 100 percent healthy now.
He credits a lot of his success at the plate this season not only to having more confidence in himself, but also in changing his approach from last season.

"That's the biggest difference from last year to this year is I'm seeing more pitches and it makes me more comfortable. I think when you struggle, you want to get up there and hit the first fastball you see and you can start swinging at bad pitches, fastballs early in the count, but this year I've been patient, usually taking a strike in every at bat and it's paid off."

Soup knows he's only through the first part of the season.
But if he keeps up this pace, it's safe to say he won't end the season in Binghamton, but rather in Buffalo, or maybe with the big league Mets.

In Binghamton, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.

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