SIOUX CITY - The American Association announced Sioux City Explorers centerfielder Tony Campana has been tabbed as the 2017 American Association Defensive Player of the Year.
He is the second Explorer to earn the honor as a centerfielder in the past three seasons as Matty Johnson won the award in 2015.
The Knoxville, Tennessee native is in his first season with the X’s and currently has .991 fielding percentage to go along with 228 putouts and four assists. On the season offensively, Campana has accumulated a .309 batting average to go along with a team-leading 118 hits (fourth in the American Association) in 382 at-bats. The speedy centerfielder has also recorded a team best 35 stolen bases (third 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.
Prior to beginning his professional career, Campana played collegiately at the University of Cincinnati where he still ranks first 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.