The Detroit Tigers have not had a winning record since the 2016 MLB season. In addition to that, the club has not made the postseason since the 2014 season.
There hasn’t been much for Tiger fans to cheer for in general the past decade. With such mediocre performances one can not help wonder why the team has stalled the development of a young and promising player MLBbro Akil Baddoo.
Baddoo played in 124 and 73 games in the 2021 and 2022 seasons respectively. While his strikeout numbers have been higher than the organization would like, he’s exhibited promising defense and shows obvious improvements the more he plays at the Major League level.
After a dominant Spring Training in 2022, the MLBbro outfielder seemed poised for a breakout of sorts, especially after a successful rookie season in which he batted .259 with 13 Home Runs and 55 RBI.
But, while he did struggle mightily during his Major League tenure last season, the Tigers were in no position to contend. Thus, sending him down to Triple-A did nothing but halt his development.
Baddoo has batted over .300 in his last two Minor League stints, proving that he is Major League ready but needs more time to adjust. The Tigers are no threat to compete in the American League Central, and should be focused on developing young stars such as the MLBbro Baddoo.
Baddoo has all the tools to be a quality outfielder, and a threat at the plate. This was on display Wednesday when the MLBbro tallied two doubles against the Milwaukee Brewers in a 6-2 loss.
While his early 2023 batting average is in the low .200s, the Tigers should give him time to get fully acclimated to Major League pitching, and evaluate him thoroughly. Let’s hope that he not only gets a fair chance this year, but he continues to develop and emerge as another solid MLBbro.