Back in 2017, the Detroit Tigers received OF prospect Daz Cameron from the Houston Astros as part of the Justin Verlander trade.
Daz Cameron was selected by the Astros in the second round of the 2015 MLB Draft, the same draft in which Houston drafted Alex Bregman in the first round. Cameron is yet to make an appearance in the big leagues, but ever since coming into the Detroit Tigers organization, he has risen through the ranks and looks poised for a major league breakthrough sooner rather than later.
MLB.com ranks Cameron as the Tigers’ number five overall prospect, making him the second-highest ranked position player. The 22-year-old started 2018, his first full season in the Detroit Tigers system, with Single-A Lakeland and was able to climb all the way up to Triple-A Toledo by the end of the year.
Cameron finished 2018 with a solid .264 BA, 61 RBIs, and eight HRs combined on the year through his time in Lakeland, Erie, and Toledo. It was in last year’s Arizona Fall League where Cameron really began turning some heads.
In 20 games for the Arizona League’s Mesa Solar Sox (fantastic name) Cameron hit .342 with five RBIs. Cameron also showed off his speed quite a bit, stealing nine bases in those 20 games.
Several Tigers fans were quite impressed with Cameron’s performance earlier this year during Spring Training. In 16 games with Detroit, Cameron knocked in seven RBIs and finished Spring Training batting .357, prompting some to wonder if he could be worthy of an Opening Day roster spot.
Despite his impressive Spring Training, Cameron was forced to wait just a bit longer for his shot at the big leagues as Detroit assigned him to Triple-A Toledo to begin 2019. Through 30 games this year for the Mud Hens, Cameron has 13 RBIs but is struggling a bit at the plate hitting just .210 and already striking out 40 times.
With the Tigers still in full rebuild mode, Detroit fans could very well see Daz Cameron playing in the major leagues sometime this season. Cameron is most likely a prime candidate to make some appearances during call up season in September but also could make his debut earlier than that if any unexpected injuries to the outfield pop up.