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
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$Signed a contract with the Astros in July of 2015. Traded to the Tigers in August of 2017.
Shakes off illness
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
July 3, 2019
Cameron (illness) started in center field and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Tuesday in Triple-A Toledo's 4-1 loss to Columbus.
Cameron's inclusion in the Toledo lineup suggests he's shaken the ailment that had kept him idle for the previous three days. The 22-year-old is slashing just .229/.320/.408 and has posted an 8-for-15 success rate on stolen-base attempts through 70 games at Triple-A this season, effectively shutting down any talk of an impending promotion to the big leagues.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Dealing with illness
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
July 1, 2019
Cameron has been away from the team for two days due to illness and remains out of the starting lineup for Monday's Triple-A game, Brian Buckey of The Toledo Blade reports.
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Off to hot start at Triple-A
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
April 11, 2019
Cameron is slashing .296/.412/.481 through his first 27 at-bats of the season at Triple-A Toledo with a home run and a stolen base.
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Launches grand slam Sunday
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
March 24, 2019
Cameron went 1-for-2 with a grand slam in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays.
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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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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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