Former Detroit Tigers player Dmitri Young set off our first “Black In The Day” video of the season by recalling his greatest career moment, a three-homer Opening Day back in 2005.
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.
— Toledo Mud Hens (@MudHens) September 3, 2021
Cameron wanted to make sure those in attendance and the hire-ups were paying attention.
So, on day three, he opened the game with a loud solo home run to left-center to put his team up 1-0.
— Toledo Mud Hens (@MudHens) September 5, 2021
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” Akil Baddoo 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.
Akil Baddoo’s rookie season is full of ebbs & flows as the Tigers rookie outfielder rejoins the team following a two-week injury reserve stint caused by a collision with fellow MLBbro Derek Hill.
After the IL designation, Baddoo played four games for the Toledo Mud Hens, where he received 14 at-bats with four walks two hits, two runs, two RBI, one stolen base, one double, and in Baddoo like fashion, one walk-off single in front of a packed house at Fifth Third Field.
While still shaking off the cobwebs this past week, Baddoo played five games where he accumulated two hits. The kid even had time to celebrate with and inspire Michigan’s’ Taylor North Little League World Series Champions ahead of the series opener against the visiting Oakland Athletics.
@AkilBaddoo celebrating with the Taylor North Little League World Series Champions ahead of tonights matchup as the @tigers host the @Athletics under the lights at Comerica Park. pic.twitter.com/xSalSl03gU
— Brandon L. Carr (@Carrpediem21) August 31, 2021
Coming out of Georgia, the 23-year-old took an unconditional route to the Majors. The Minnesota Twins were so impressed witht he Salem High School graduate that they selected him in the second round of the 2016 Amateurs Draft. Baddoo spent the next four years bouncing from rookie league and Low-A ball before being selected by the Tigers in the MLB 2020 Rule 5 Draft.
On April 4 of the 2021 season, Baddoo planted his flag in the Motor City after teeing off on the first pitch he ever saw as a big leaguer, not to mention, it was Easter Sunday. The feat chiseled his name in stone as the ninth player in Tigers history to have his first professional hit be a home run.
Akil Baddoo hit the ground running with two homers in his first two career starts, including a grand slam on Monday. The unknown prospect has become an overnight sensation for the Detroit Tigers. @carrpediem21 is in the Three Spot today with A Bro You Need To Know. pic.twitter.com/wvxYGkLltT
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) April 6, 2021
If some are good, then more is better, as the following day, the young lefty launched a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning. The four-run moon shot came against the team that drafted him, the Twins, as mentioned earlier.
A week later, while in the land of the stars, Real Deal Akil’s fairytale start continued as he launched two more homers in back-to-back games against the Houston Astros; one of which was a 450-foot moonshot against former Cy Young pitcher Zach Greinke.
His meteoric rise matched fellow MLBbro Jazz Chisholm as two of three rookies to reach double digits in home runs and stolen bases. His first step quickness from home to first base is rivalved by few players, Shohei Ohtani being one of them.
After Baddoo’s hot start with the bat pitchers started passing around the book on him. Baddoo combined to hit one home run in May and June. Baddoo was still an asset however, because he leaned on his glove and agility in the outfield while he readjusted to the pitchers.
That readjustement came follwing the All-Star break.
The Midsummer Classic came at the right time for Real Deal Akil as he launched four home runs in the 10 games that followed, putting everyone on notice that his rookie of the year campaign is still in full effect.
Real Deal Akil stopped by MLB Central Monday morning to discuss his rookie season and the organization’s outlook as he is steadily becoming the face of the franchise. Since exploding onto the scene, Baddoo prepared differently to stay on top of his game.
He said, “Now I know what I need in my routine each and every day, so I kind of like implement that while I’m on the field and let my abilities take over.”
He mentioned that all the players have bought into manager A.J. Hinch and his philosophies on how winning each game can turn into winning each series to winning each month.
“Baseball is a game of failure. There’s going to be a lot of ups & downs, so just stay even keel and ride the wave and always have fun and don’t lose sight of that.”
Look for Real Deal Akil and his Detroit Tigers to stay afloat in the American League Central down the stretch as they’ll travel to Cincinnati to take on the Reds inside Great American Ballpark Friday night with first pitch set for 7:07 p.m.
Rookie outfielder Derek Hill has made the most of his opportunities with the Detroit Tigers. And lately Hill has come alive at the plate. Let’s take a second to look at these numbers from the rookie.
In his last seven games, he’s batting .333 with two home runs and three RBI. On the season he is hitting .275 with three home runs, 16 runs scored, six steals and 11 RBI through 37 games.
The Tigers have dealt with injuries to its outfield all season and a lot of shuffling has been made. But Hill has made sure that he capitalizes on his opportunities.
Derek Hill has homered in back-to-back games.
Not sure what Hill he's on, but let's keep rolling down it.
(work with us on this one) pic.twitter.com/nbxw9EuwGr
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 1, 2021
For the first time in his career, Hill homered in consecutive games.
He accomplished this on August 30th and August 31st. Hill saw the ball really well at the plate in both those games.
On August 30th against the Minnesota Twins, he went 2-for-3 at the plate and then the next day against the Oakland Athletics, he went 3-for-5. So in a span of two days this brother went 5-for-8 at the plate with two bombs. That’s how you make some noise right there.
Hill has become a respected player in the Motor City and more and more people are getting a chance to see what all he brings to the team.
— Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) August 30, 2021
Our MLBbro has provided a spark for the Tigers with his bat and glove. He is fearless and has exceptional range in the outfield. If he can avoid injury, a starting job is in his future.
He was reinstated from the injured list on August 21st from a left rib cage contusion after colliding with Akil Baddoo on August 10th. This isn’t the first time that Hill has been injured during the season. Even with the injuries he’s dealt with he still has made a positive impact on the team.
Tigers manager AJ Hinch knows that it’s been a tough ride for Hill this season.
“Each time he’s gotten hurt, he’s been right at the cusp of breaking through and doing some really positive things and playing a lot more regularly than he ever has at this level,” Hinch told the Detroit Free Press. “Getting his energy, getting his outfield defense commanding center field is going to be huge for us.”
After dominating this season in the Triple A, Derek Hill has next for the Detroit Tigers. @KevMoore93 tells you how he can become a consistent part of their lineup https://t.co/PtSLFJhrhm #MLBbros #DetroitRoots pic.twitter.com/bD9Se7vLtJ
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) June 9, 2021
“The playing time is going to be on a day-to-day basis,” Hinch said. “We’ll see what lineup I put out there. But when (Hill is) out there, I feel total confidence that center field is going to be patrolled with great success.”
While he might not be an every day starter, he’s putting himself in a good position to make the roster next year when the season starts.
Derek Hill may not have been a player that people were aware of at the start of the season, but now people around the league are starting to get hip to the talents of our fellow MLBbro.
Keep it up Hill, the streets is watching !
Brandon Carr reflects on Cleveland pitcher Triston McKenzie’s near no-hitter. By the time the golden-armed rookie was finished dealing, he had 11K’s, owned Miguel Cabrera and the power outage was over in Michigan.