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How Good Is Daz Cameron?

Daz Cameron Stats

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Game stats

Game
AB
R
H
RBI
BB
SO
2B
SB
Avg
16 Apr
@
Royals
3
1
0
0
1
2
0
1
.000
Regular Season
3
1
0
0
1
2
0
1
.000

 

Career stats
Year
Team
GP
AB
R
H
RBI
BB
SO
HR
Avg
2022
Tigers
1
3
1
0
0
1
2
0
.000
2021
Tigers
35
103
16
20
13
10
38
4
.194
2020
Tigers
17
57
4
11
3
2
19
0
.193
Career
53
163
21
31
16
13
59
4
.190

How Good Is Daz Cameron?

Cameron came over from Houston with a strong reputation and was a step ahead of his contemporaries in the minors, as one would expect from a previous first-round choice.




The move to Triple-A, however, brought with it the first set of difficulties, and a full year in Toledo in 2019 was not as successful as many had planned.

OF Daz Cameron brings a well-rounded game to Detroit

Daz Cameron

This proved to be a poor omen, as 2020 proved to be a difficult year. Cameron’s major league debut provided virtually little, with only 11 total hits in 57 at bats, thanks to a bad battle with Covid-19 that placed him in the hospital.



It’s difficult to pass too many conclusions based on such a tiny sample size, but there was nothing in the outfielder’s debut Tigers appearance that warranted further consideration.

However, returning to Toledo was for the better, as he hit.296/.365/.500 for a 131 wRC+ over the course of the 2021 season with the Mud Hens.

This was interrupted by a longer stint in the big leagues, where he fared marginally better than in his debut and hit a remarkable first-career home run:

Cameron’s problem is that his strengths haven’t really popped out. Offensively, his strongest weapon is undoubtedly his speed, but he can’t use it until he gets on base frequently.

His career OBP (.259) has been limited by his 32.8 percent strikeout rate in the majors, and he has yet to rack up many extra base hits or steals.

Cameron would be a major danger at the top of the lineup in an ideal scenario, but that seems unlikely to happen.

Even the fallback plan, as a part-time outfielder who contributes solid defense and the rare offensive spark, is becoming increasingly unlikely.

Cameron appears to be a good defensive choice for Comerica Park’s vast outfield, but analytics despise his fielding.

The Tigers have yet to see his defensive ability consistently, despite his -5 DRS and -8.5 UZR/150. He has logged under 400 innings in both center field and right field.

The talent is undeniable, but when the bat isn’t cooperating, it’s unclear if playing him at all is worthwhile.



Time is running out for him to make an impact in the Tigers’ organization as he enters his 26th season, with two options remaining for the Tigers to exercise.

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