This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
Each burst on the scene with outstanding early season performances. I'm suggesting a step back a bit might be in order.
Akil Baddoo, OF, Tigers
Fascinating name, right? Akil Baddoo.
When his name was called at the MLB Rule 5 draft in December, not many people knew of Mr. Baddoo. Of course, we heard Yabba Yabba Baddoo jokes. Akil Baddoo is now laughing all the way to the Tigers dugout.
The Twins exposed Baddoo to the Rule 5 draft and the Tigers swooped in with the third pick and plucked Baddoo from the Twins' roster.
Now, fast forward five months, and Akil Baddoo is becoming a highly respected offensive threat for his new team.
Mr. Baddoo was 2016 second-round draft pick out of Salem High School in Conyers, Georgia. He signed for $750,000. That's not a small hunk of change. That's substantial. And as you have heard me say and have seen me write many times, in baseball you have to follow the money.
Why in the world would the Twins give up on that kind of money, that high a draft pick so early in his career? Baddoo was 22 when the Twins didn't protect him on their 40-man roster.