Daz Cameron
21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Detroit Tigers AAA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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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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The promotion is the second one of the season for the 21-year-old outfielder, acquired last season as part of the the Justin Verlander trade. The call-up was well-earned, as he hit .285/.367/.470 with five homers and 12 steals in 53 games for Double-A Erie, even better numbers than he posted for High-A Lakeland at the beginning of the year. He also cut his strikeout rate from 28.0 percent to 23.5 percent, while keeping a high walk rate (11.1 percent). He'll get the chance to keep the momentum going at the highest level of the minors and has a good shot to reach the big leagues at some point in 2019.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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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
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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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Hits in five straight games to begin season
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
April 10, 2018
Cameron has a single hit in each of his five games so far this season with High-A Lakeland, to go along with three walks, two runs, an RBI and a steal.
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Will start season at High-A
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
April 5, 2018
Cameron will begin his season at High-A Lakeland, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
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