Daz Cameron
22-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Detroit Tigers AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Cameron is quietly knocking on the door of the big leagues in an organization bereft of outfield talent after climbing three levels of the minor leagues in 2018. His 53-game run in the Eastern League was the best stretch of Cameron's pro career. He showcased an ideal all-fields approach (43.5 Pull%, 32.7 Oppo%), good patience (11.1 BB%), above-average power (.185 ISO), plus speed and above-average center-field defense, all while striking out at a manageable clip (23.5 K%). Cameron did not look out of place next to many of the game's best hitting prospects in the AFL, where he hit .342/.435/.468. He is still honing his craft as a hitter and as a base stealer (33-for-51 on SB attempts, including the AFL), but should have the green light on the rebuilding Tigers. The clear top center fielder in the entire organization, Cameron should get the call this summer if he holds his own against Triple-A pitching. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Astros in July of 2015. Traded to the Tigers in August of 2017.
Time with big club ends
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
March 14, 2019
The Tigers reassigned Cameron to their minor-league camp Thursday.
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Cameron's long-shot bid for the Tigers' Opening Day roster thus comes to an end, though the highly regarded outfield prospect looks like a good bet to earn a callup to the big leagues at some point this summer. The 22-year-old tore it up at High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie last season to earn a late promotion to Triple-A Toledo, where he only managed a .211/.246/.316 batting line across 62 plate appearances. He should be better equipped to find more success in his second taste of the International League.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
While Cameron is clearly the most exciting of the offensive prospects traded to the Tigers in the Justin Verlander trade, he is not as toolsy as his 2017 numbers or last name (he’s Mike Cameron’s son) may suggest. After a down 2016, he did an excellent job re-establishing his value at Low-A, particularly in the second half. Still just 20 years old, he was 28 percent better than the average hitter in the Midwest League while showing off quality power and speed, although neither tool projects as plus. After displaying significant swing-and-miss issues prior to last year, he was able to post his best strikeout rate (21.5 percent) since he was in the Gulf Coast League. Cameron also walked at an excellent clip (9.2 percent) for a future center fielder. He could eventually be a Shin-Soo Choo-esque fantasy outfielder who chips in positive contributions everywhere without being a standout in any one category. The Tigers should send him to High-A this year and he could reach the majors in 2020.
In terms of talent, Cameron was considered among the cream of the crop of the 2015 draft class. However, a high price tag pushed Cameron into the supplemental first round, with the Astros ultimately pulling the trigger at No. 37 overall. After spending his first professional season in rookie ball, Cameron split the first few months of 2016 between short-season ball and Low-A before a broken left pointer finger ended his campaign. The results with Low-A Quad Cities were a bit troubling, with Cameron striking out 33 times in 87 plate appearances. He's shown barely any power so far as a professional (two homers) but there's projectability with his 6-foot-2 frame, and his athleticism should carry him through the lower levels in the years ahead. Cameron has the pedigree -- he's the son of Mike Cameron, for those that hadn't heard -- but he's far enough way to where those in standard keeper leagues can safely watch from a distance.
As most people know by now, Cameron, the 37th overall pick of the 2015 draft, is the son of former All-Star Mike Cameron. Based on his pedigree and raw athletic ability, the soon-to-be 19-year-old was considered a top-10 prospect from his draft, but his asking price kept him from being selected that early. The Astros may have gotten a steal, as he profiles as a toolsy center fielder who will develop average pop and play strong defense. In 51 games between the GCL Astros and Greeneville Astros, he hit .251/.353/.309 with zero home runs, 17 RBI and 24 steals with an 11.8% walk rate. He is the kind of prospect whose numbers in the lower levels of the minors won't give an accurate representation of his big league potential, as he will be mostly projection over the next couple years. Cameron will be brought along slowly by the Astros, so close to a full season with Low-A Quad Cities is likely in the cards in 2016.
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Earns invite to spring training
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
January 22, 2019
Cameron was invited to the Tigers' big-league camp Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Heads to Triple-A
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
August 17, 2018
Cameron was moved up to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
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Records second four-hit outing of 2018
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
August 9, 2018
Cameron went 4-for-6 with three doubles, four RBI and four runs for Double-A Erie in its 18-1 win over Portland on Wednesday.
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Promoted to Double-A
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
June 18, 2018
Cameron was promoted to Double-A Erie on Monday.
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Slugs two homers Wednesday
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
May 24, 2018
Cameron went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs for High-A Lakeland in its 8-4 win over Palm Beach on Wednesday.
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