Akil “The Thrill” Baddoo Is Tearing Up Triple-A | AJ Hinch Says He’ll Be Back In Brotown Soon

Akil “The Thrill” Baddoo Is Tearing Up Triple-A | AJ Hinch Says He’ll Be Back In Brotown Soon

Detroit Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo had a breakout year last season. 

His first MLB season was one to remember. Baddoo finished the 2021 season hitting .259 with 13 home runs, 55 RBI, and 18 stolen bases through 124 games.

This brother was electric on the field, bringing the energy every time he suited up. He was a player the Tigers definitely needed, and the fans welcomed him with open arms.

 

After an impressive rookie season, Baddoo was ready to have more success in his second season.

He was a player that the Tigers were high on at the beginning of the season and was named the team’s starting centerfielder.

Unfortunately for Baddoo, he struggled a lot at the plate at the beginning of the season. At the end of April, he was only hitting .111 through 12 games.

The Tigers sent him down to Triple-A on May 9 after hitting .140 with a home run, five walks, and 15 strikeouts.

Baddoo was not producing at the plate like he was last year, but the 23-year-old still has the energy when he’s playing.

No matter if he’s in a slump or on a hitting streak, he’s going to go out there and give you full effort day in and day out.

During his time in Triple-A, Baddoo has found his swing at the plate and he’s looking a lot more comfortable in that batter’s box.

 

Through 24 games with the Toledo Mud Hens, Baddoo is hitting .303 with three home runs and 13 RBI.

Tigers manager, A.J. Hinch wants Baddoo back on the team, it’s just a matter of timing at this point.

“We want Akil on this team,” Hinch said Monday in an article from the Detroit Free Press. “It’s just a matter of when we feel like he can be a contributor, when the playing time is there for him, what he can offer to a club.”

“He’s a big-leaguer. We knew that when we sent him down. We also wanted him to decompress and get back to being himself again. He absolutely factors in, present, future, in all aspects.”

Now Detroit will have its hands full, trying to factor Baddoo back into the lineup. The team has five outfielders on the active roster and when Austin Meadows returns, the team will have to make another roster move.

There’s no question that Baddoo deserves to be back in the lineup for the Tigers. The brother can impact the game in multiple ways.

It’ll be interesting to see how long the Tigers wait to bring him back up. Let’s hope it’s not too long.

Once he makes his return, it’s going to be a different outcome than earlier this season. Baddoo is a competitor, and he wants to go out there and be the best. 

His time in Triple-A is exactly what he needed and he’s ready to go out and put that old English D back on.

Daz Cameron Is Back In The Big D | The Second Generation MLBbro Is Always Instant Impact

Daz Cameron Is Back In The Big D | The Second Generation MLBbro Is Always Instant Impact

Daz Cameron is no stranger to the big leagues. He made his MLB debut with the Tigers in 2020 and since, he’s split time playing in the minors and with the big league team.

This season, the 25-year-old has appeared in four games with Detroit and he wants to make sure that he performs well enough to stay in the big leagues throughout the season.

Cameron has recorded a hit in his last two games, definitely a good sign for the talented outfielder.

On May 17, he went 1-for-3 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He made his next appearance five days later against the Cleveland Guardians and recorded his first RBI of the season in his first at-bat of the game.

He also flashed some leather against the Guardians too. In the bottom of the fifth inning, he robbed a potential home run hit by Amed Rosario and turned it into a double play.

 

 

Cameron finished the game with two hits to go along with his RBI.

Putting Cameron at the bottom of the lineup has proved to work well so far. The ninth batter is sometimes seen as another leadoff hitter.

You want a player who knows how to get on base and can keep the defense on its toes at the bottom of the lineup, and Cameron fits that really well.

He has speed and can hit for average and power. And the brother knows how to track down balls in the outfield. With the Tigers dealing with multiple injuries, Cameron is now being called upon to step and make some things happen for his team.

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Last season, Cameron was making some noise on the field and it was gaining some attention across the league. There was a stretch where he hit three home runs in nine games. His bat was on fire and he was helping the Tigers in a big way at the plate.

On Father’s Day last year, he hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to give the Tigers a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels. And what made things even better that game was his father, former MLB player Mike Cameron, was in attendance and it was the first time he saw his son play in person at the big league level.

 

 

“That was definitely something that I will never forget,” Daz Cameron told the Detroit News after that performance. “I was glad to see my family here.”

It doesn’t get any better than that.

Cameron is a talented ball player and he’s already proven that he has what it takes to play on the big stage.

 

If he can be consistent and make an impact at the plate and in the field, the Tigers would have to consider keeping him around much longer. There’s a reason that he’s a player they keep calling up, they know what he brings to the team.

It’s all about how he performs when he gets that opportunity, and so far this season, he’s giving the Tigers a reason to keep him around. This brother is someone you want to keep tabs on throughout the season.

Akil “The Thrill” Gets Demoted To Triple-A | “Baddoo Mania” Is On Timeout

Akil “The Thrill” Gets Demoted To Triple-A | “Baddoo Mania” Is On Timeout

Last season “Baddoo Mania” was the hottest thing since sliced bread, as he had one of the greatest beginnings to a career in Major League history.  However, after a slow start in his sophomore season, Baddoo was sent down to Triple-A Toledo this past weekend.

Akil Baddoo electrified the city of Detroit from the first plate appearance of his career. He hit a home run on the first ever swing in his Major League career. The coming out party would not end there.

Baddoo became the only player in the history of modern baseball with a home run, grand slam, and walk-off hit within the first three games of his career.  Although he did not receive any votes for American League Rookie of the Year, Baddoo finished 2021 with a .259 average, 13 home runs, 18 steals, 55 RBI and 20 doubles.

The Tigers missed the playoffs after finishing 16 games behind the White Sox, but showed plenty of promise as their record was near .500 – in large part to Baddoo, who appeared in 124 games for the team.

During the off-season, the Tigers made a few new additions and called up some of their top Minor League talent. There was hope in Mo-Town the team could be ahead of schedule; competing for a playoff spot in 2022 with Baddoo as one of their main pieces.

He got off to a similar hot start in Spring Training this season – which was where he earned his spot on the Big League club, after never playing higher than A-Ball in his career previously.

However this season, Baddoo is going through the dreaded “sophomore slump” some second-year athletes experience.

Baddoo only had seven hits in 50 plate appearances this season leading up to his demotion.  His average only reached .140 and his on-base percentage was a woeful .218.  He has one home run and two RBI.

“You have always got to make the best out of it,” Baddoo told reporters Monday after his demotion.  “It’s unfortunate.  I’m going to go down there and get the reps that I need and be ready to come back.”

Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch says Baddoo was sent down in order to work on his swing and get constant at-bats rather than be in a platoon.

“This was unexpected when we started the year,” said Hinch.  “I’m sure he didn’t expect it.  We didn’t expect it.  But the reality is this is where we are at.  We need him to decompress and get himself right and play everyday.  It could be a short stint, it could be longer, but hopefully he can work on things to be more consistent.”

The Tigers want Baddoo to become more of a contact hitter and swing less for power.  He struck out in nearly 30 percent of his at-bats this season and for a player of his caliber of talent, those numbers are not acceptable.  I believe Baddoo will be one of the best players on the Tigers, sooner rather than later, but this demotion will be an important crossroads on where he can take his career.

For now, outfielder Derek Hill will take the majority of reps in center during Baddoo’s absence.

MLBbro Derek Hill’s Turn To Burn In The D…Again

MLBbro Derek Hill’s Turn To Burn In The D…Again

Detroit Tigers outfielder Derek Hill is back in the big leagues this season after being recalled from the minors toward the end of April.

After outfielder Victor Reyes was placed on the 10-day injured list, the Tigers decided to call up Hill for the first time this season.

 

Hill has not wasted any time since being called up, hitting .250 and recording a hit in four of the five games he’s appeared in.

 

“It’s nice to be able to get my feet wet last year,” he said in an article from www.mlive.com. “I feel like I can pick back up where I left off. So we’ll see.”

For those who weren’t following the Tigers last season, Hill appeared in 49 games and hit .259 with three home runs and 14 RBI.

He spent time playing in the minors and with the Tigers and he made an immediate impact when he joined the team out of Motown.

Toward the end of last season, Hill suffered a knee injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

It was very unfortunate for Hill because he was playing some of his best baseball of the season. But it’s always about how you bounce back from an injury and Hill was not going to let that knee injury hold him back at all.

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When Hill was in the lineup, it was like a burst of energy that the Tigers needed.

This brother plays fearless out there and he always leaves it all on the field. Speed kills and Hill definitely possesses that attribute.

In the field, Hill can cover a lot of ground and playing at Comerica Park, you need to be able to do that because there’s a lot of room out there.

It’s a beauty watching Hill and seeing him make diving grabs and going all out for balls.

That’s the type of player that can make an impact on a team and Hill has made a name for himself just from his talent on the field.

At the plate, Hill can cause havoc for defenses because of his ability to get on base and put pressure on the opposing team.

Oh and he knows a thing or two about hitting walk off game-winning hits.

He hit his first career walk off last season in September against the Milwaukee Brewers.

It was the bottom of the 11th inning and Hill ripped a double to right center to score the winning run.

“AJ said if I didn’t get the bunt down in the first couple pitches, just swing away,” Hill told The Detroit News after that game. “I’m glad it worked out. Thankful to how the boys battled the entire game. I just came in and did what I could to help the team.”

Don’t be surprised if you see more clutch knocks and web gems during his time with the Tigers.

Akil ‘The Thrill’ Baddoo Looks To Prove His Impressive Rookie Season Was No Motor City Fluke

Akil ‘The Thrill’ Baddoo Looks To Prove His Impressive Rookie Season Was No Motor City Fluke

Baseball is finally back, ladies and gentlemen! The Detroit Tigers want to heat things up in the Motor City.

Akil Baddoo, who took Detroit – and the league – by storm last year is going to play a big role. Baddoo made an immediate impact in Detroit and the city embraced him with open arms. He finished the 2021 season hitting .259 with 13 home runs, 55 RBI and 18 stolen bases. The Detroit Tigers-Detroit Sports Media Association named him the 2021 Rookie of the Year.

There’s a reason he’s nicknamed Akil ‘The Thrill’ Baddoo AKA “the Real Deal” Baddoo. With a nickname like that, you have to live up to it. Baddoo does just that. Going into his second season, Baddoo will look to continue to add that spark at the plate and in the field, like he did his rookie season. And he will show that his rookie season was no fluke. Now that he has a year under his belt, experience will help him out a lot in his sophomore season.

Expect to see more of these captivating, crowd-motivating plays from the most polarizing player to come ball in the D since Miguel Cabrera.

If you want to see someone play the game with passion and leave it all on the field, Baddoo is a prime example. He’s the type of player that will get you out of your seat and put you in a state of excitement. Whether he’s at the plate, running the base paths, or patrolling the outfield – you will get your money’s worth watching this brother play. Baddoo put up impressive spring training numbers, hitting .265 with four home runs through 12 games in Lakeland. He’s giving off strong sophomore sensation vibes.

Baddoo came into the league as a rookie with a lot of confidence. He knew he belonged in the majors.

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He brought a lot of swag to the Tigers – something the team was lacking for a few years – but desperately needed. In his MLB debut, he hit a home run in his first at-bat. Not too many people do that. Our MLBbro became the ninth player in Tigers franchise history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, and the second to do so on the first pitch. And check this out – in the next game, he hits his first career grand slam.

 

Going into the 2021 season, Baddoo was a player many people weren’t familiar with. By the end, he was the talk of the league. Now, Baddoo is on many people’s radar this season and they will see if he can continue to have success on the field.

One thing is for certain. Baddoo is ready to pick up where he left off and he will emerge as a leader for the Tigers. This is going to be another exciting season for our MLBbro in Motown, and trust me – you don’t want to miss out watching this electric brother play. The Tigers will open the 2022 season against their division rival, the Chicago White Sox, who feature the only All-Black middle infield in the majors with Tim Anderson and Josh Harrison.