The Detroit Tigers optioned outfielder Daz Camron to the Toledo Mud Hens on August 29th ‘to get his swing going,’ the organization explains.
The team is currently looking for another arm down the stretch, and with the way Cameron‘s batting average continues to plummet, the decision came swiftly.
Tigers manager AJ Hinch told the Detroit Free Press:
“We will take at least a 10-day period to get Daz’s rhythm, timing, and get his swing going in the right direction.” Hinch added, “He needs to play every day, something he is not doing right now. Hopefully, at some point between now and the end of the season, he gets more time up in the big leagues here.”
A minor setback makes for a significant comeback as Cameron lifted a two-run dinger to left field in his first game back in the minors.
He finished the day 1-for-5 with two RBI and one home run.
Through 136 at-bats, the 24-year-old is hitting .279 in Toledo with 14 RBI, seven walks, and a couple of blasts.
The demotion seems to be working out as it is essential for Daz to get consistent at bats for his swing to take shape.
“There are days he comes with different hand placements, different rhythm, different timing; That is hard to do at this level,” said Hinch. When we’ve seen the electrifying skills, and I think he’s going to be back in short order, but consistency can only come with playing.”
Cameron was hitting .177 with 14 hits, 11 RBI, four bases on balls, and three home runs in 25 MLB games.
One of his homers came on Father’s Day with his MLB Dad Mike in the stands.
Injuries have continued to plague his illustrious career. Toe strains and elbow problems have kept the rookie out of a potentially All-Black outfield featuring fellow MLBbros “Real Deal” AkilBaddoo and Derek “Thrill” Hill.
But the kid is not bereft of talent as big-time players make big-time plays.
Daz did that against the Toronto Blue Jays when he connected on a two-out RBI double in extras to put the Tigers ahead on the day Miguel Cabrera joined the exclusive 500-home run club.
All indications point to Cameron making a jump back to the show between now and mid-September due to the 10-day eligibility stint a player must complete after an organization options them to the minor league.
It seems the team has this one right. Taking one step back will make for a triumphant return for Daz in the long run. He’s got the pedigree and the skills to play a long time in the league.
The Detroit Tigers have a talented young player by the name of Daz Cameron. The 24-year-old has been raising some eyebrows recently with his impressive stat line.
Cameron has had success at the plate as he is currently riding a five-game hitting streak after his 1-for-3 performance against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 23rd. During his hitting streak, he is batting .350 with two home runs and six RBI.
Our MLBbro has not been with the Tigers long this season, but his presence has been felt on multiple levels. Through nine games, he’s posting a .242 batting average with three stolen bases, and eight RBI.
And peep this, he made his MLB debut with the Tigers during the 2020 season. He appeared in 17 games and did not hit a home run. Fast forward to this season and he’s already got three jacks in nine games. So there is some pop in the 6-foot-2 185-pound frame of Cameron.
Now that’s how you make a name for yourself right there. Cameron had a big performance on June 20th against the Los Angeles Angels. With the game tied going into extra innings, the Tigers needed a clutch at-bat and Cameron was the man that came through.
He hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to propel the Tigers to a 5-3 win over the Angels on Father’s Day. What made it even better was that his father, former 17-year major league veteran Mike Cameron, was in attendance the entire series.
“That was definitely something that I will never forget,” Daz Cameron told The Detroit News. “I was glad to see my family here.”
This brother was on fire the entire series against the Angels. The game before he came through in a big way, he went 2-for-4 with a home run at the plate.
You know nothing too shabby right? Just another day at the office for Cameron. It has not taken him long to adapt and perform.
Watching him play, you can see that he was made for these moments. He does not shy away from the spotlight and he’s as calm as they come.
With how he’s been playing lately, there’s no question the Tigers have to find a way to keep him in the lineup. A defining moment for Cameron came in his second game of the 2021 season. That’s when he hit his first home run off his career.
And he did it off one of the top relievers in the game, Chicago White Sox’s Liam Hendricks.
“I was just looking to be ready to hit,” Cameron told mlive.com. “He throws hard and his fastball runs a little bit. I just wanted to be sure I got on top of it.”
“It felt good coming off the bat. I squared it up good and when I saw it fly, I knew it had a chance to go out.”
Telly Hughes is back with another A Bro Convo. This time “The Voice of MLBbro.com ” speaks with 17-year MLB veteran Mike Cameron, whose son Daz, a rookie with the Detroit Tigers, made him proud on Father’s Day. It was the first time the elder Cameron would see Daz play live on the field while sitting in the stands.
At the time of recording, Mike didn’t know that his son would actually deliver the goods.
Daz Cameron has been around the game of baseball since he was a young boy. He grew up watching his father, Mike Cameron, who played for 17 years and had 278 career bombs.
Now, Daz is putting himself in a position to have an MLB career like his father. The 24-year-old is currently playing in the Detroit Tigers’ organization for the Triple A-affiliate, Toledo Mud Hens.
According to MLB.com, Daz is the ninth-ranked prospect throughout the organization and the Tigers still have high hopes for the second-generation MLBbro.
The skilled outfielder made his MLB debut during the 2020 COVID-shortened season with the Tigers.
His first big league hit came on September 11, an RBI single off Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito. Making the feat even more memorable was the fact that his father connected for his first career hit in Chicago too.
“For him to have his first hit and for me to get my first hit here is kind of surreal,” he said to the Detroit Free Press. “It’s something I’ll remember forever.”
Daz finished the season batting .193 with three RBI in 17 games.
The Tigers decided to option Daz to Toledo at the start of the 2021 season. So far, he’s had success playing with the Mud Hens.
He faced a minor setback after the 2020 season. Our MLB bro played in the Puerto Rican Winter League during the offseason and found out that he was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
In an article from the Detroit Free Press that was published in March, Daz talked about the experience of trying to play through the pain.
“I tried to play through it,” Cameron said. “That didn’t work out. … I told the manager down there to just give me a couple of days. After a couple of days, my arm still wasn’t good.”
Tigers’ manager AJ Hinch believes Daz will appear in the majors again.
“His attention to detail with his outfield work has been good,” Hinch said. “I think his athleticism is obvious. We’ve got to get him back in center field when he gets back to playing in the outfield and give him more time out there given his jumps and his speed, and then see if we can develop him as a center fielder.”
“Bat speed is there. Strength is coming. We got to get him healthy, get him back to playing multiple positions in the outfield. He’s already been a big leaguer. I think he’s going to be a big leaguer. We just have to get it all together before we can figure out where he fits.”
Through nine games with the Mud Hens, he’s batting .350 with nine RBI and seven runs scored. He’s getting off to a hot start early on in the season and if he can continue to have this kind of success, he’ll find himself back on the Tigers’ roster.
It’s certainly going to be a battle for Daz as he’s competing with Jacoby Jones, who has spent five seasons with the Tigers.
Jones is currently with the Mud Hens and the competition will only fuel Daz to compete at a high level.
Daz has displayed his abilities throughout his minor league career. He started his professional career with the Houston Astros, who selected him with the 37th overall pick in the 2015 draft.
In 2017, Daz was traded to the Tigers in a deal involving Justin Verlander.
The Tigers were high on the talented outfielder and when he gets that opportunity to suit up for Motown’s baseball team, he will take full advantage of it.