Akil Neomon Baddoo (born August 16, 1998) is an American Major League Baseball outfielder for the Detroit Tigers (MLB). In 2021, he made his MLB debut.
Baddoo was born to parents John and Akilah in Silver Spring, Maryland. His father was born in Ghana, while his mother was born in Trinidad and Tobago. He attended Salem High School in Conyers, Georgia, and played varsity baseball there.
On December 10, 2020, the Detroit Tigers selected Baddoo with the third pick in the 2020 Rule 5 draft. Baddoo made the team’s 2021 Opening Day roster after hitting .325 with 5 home runs in the spring training season.
Baddoo became the ninth player in Tigers franchise history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, and only the second to do so on the first pitch, following George Vico who accomplished the feat in 1948.
The following day, Baddoo hit his first career grand slam off of Randy Dobnak of the Minnesota Twins. He became the first player in franchise history to hit a home run in his first two career games and the first player in MLB history to do so from the ninth spot in the batting order.
Akil Baddoo does not have any children at the moment, at his age, he is focusing on his career as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers.