Bernie on the Scene: Baddoo and Mercedes are Hot, Hot, Hot

Bernie on the Scene: Baddoo and Mercedes are Hot, Hot, Hot

This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.

This week, I will add my perspective to two hot waiver-wire and trade targets: Akil Baddoo of the Tigers and Yermin Mercedes of the White Sox.

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
6-1, 210 
Bats Left
Age 22

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.

Why? Why did they non-tender Eddie Rosario? Why? Because the Twins have Alex Kirilloff

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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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