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Detroit Tigers: Prospects in Justin Verlander trade give team bright future

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DETROIT, MI - July 24: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Comerica Park on July 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - July 24: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Comerica Park on July 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 28: A Detroit Tigers hat, glasses and glove sit on the dugout stairs during a MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on June 28, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers win on a walk off home run 5-4. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /

Daz Cameron

Also joining the Detroit Tigers in the Justin Verlander trade is Daz Cameron.

An outfielder with tools, Daz is the son of former Major League outfielder Mike Cameron—a player who logged a 50.7 WAR in 17 Major League seasons.

It’s obviously unfair to compare Daz to his father—or any player to their father if he was a player in the Majors.

That being said though, Daz Cameron has a chance to make a significant impact in his own right.

Blocked in Houston long term by the likes of George Springer, Derek Fisher and Kyle Tucker, Cameron could potentially be a long-term starter in the Motor City.

Down the line, it isn’t hard to imagine Cameron slotting in alongside some combination of Christin Stewart, Mike Gerber and Derek Hill in the outfield.

As of late, Cameron has been enjoying a breakout season with Houston’s Single-A affiliate, Quad Cities.

In 511 plate appearance spread over 120 games, Cameron hit .271 with a .349 on-base percentage, a .466 slugging percentage and an .815 OPS.

He tacked on 79 runs scored, 73 RBI, 32 stolen bases, 29 doubles, 14 home runs and eight triples against competition on average 1.2 years older than him.

Cameron’s speed should allow him to cover some serious ground in the Comerica Park, making for a potentially dynamic defensive pairing with Hill.

If the former Houston famrhand’s offense continues to come together more over the years, he’ll be a regular in the Detroit Tigers lineup for the long haul.

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