The Detroit Tigers have tapped into their farm system once again in 2020, calling up outfielder Daz Cameron to make his big league debut.
It appears that the Detroit Tigers are done messing around with the rebuild; they are starting to phase in some prospects to allow for the growing pains of the rebuild to work itself out. In 2020, a shortened season where the Tigers are somehow staying in the postseason picture, they have started calling up prospects.
First, it was Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, and Isaac Paredes, who got their call to the big leagues in Al Avila’s monumental announcement. After that, they also called up outfielder Derek Hill and infielder Sergio Alcantara.
They came into the season with Beau Burrows, Anthony Castro, Kyle Funkhouser, and Rony Garcia, who all have made their debuts in 2020. Daz Cameron now joins this list as the tenth prospect to get a call to the big leagues in the 2020 season.
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Cameron is the son of a former big leaguer, Mike Cameron, and now he will patrol the Tigers outfield after an interesting route to the big leagues.
Cameron is 23 years old, a 2015 first-round draft choice of the Houston Astros, who has battled his way through the Tigers system since being acquired in 2017.
In 2020, Cameron was ranked as the Tigers organization’s seventh-best prospect, as a speedy outfielder who is expected to be a solid outfielder in the future.
The issue with Cameron in recent years was hitting for average; in 120 games with Toledo in 2019, Cameron hit .214/.330/.377 with 13 home runs, 43 RBI, and 17 stolen bases.
He made his MLB debut in right field, batting seventh against the Milwaukee Brewers, but would go 0-for-3 on the day.
While Daz Cameron is making his Detroit Tigers debut is great, but it comes with a price, demoting the struggling Christin Stewart.
Cameron’s call-up was a responsive move for optioning Christin Stewart to the alternate training site. The 2020 season was crucial for Stewart’s development, and lately, it seems that he is struggling to piece it all together.
So far in 2020, Stewart has played in 33 games where he hit .171/.233/.317 with three home runs and eight RBI while striking out 27 times for the Tigers. The strikeout numbers have been the issue with Stewart’s game, leading to his demotion to Toledo.
Stewart’s issues seem to be a mental thing, struggling in the box when it comes to taking good cuts and driving the baseball. The problem for Stewart is that lately, he is not even swinging.
Ron Gardenhire recently said that Stewart needs to go to the alternate training site to work some things out. While Stewart works things out in the minors, the Tigers bring up Cameron to allow another prospect to make a debut in 2020.
While on the flip side, it has not been an easy road for Cameron, who battled through the COVID-19 virus and all of the symptoms it brought with it. He had tested positive earlier this summer, delaying his return to the ball field, in turn, delaying his readiness for the big leagues.
However, Cameron was able to battle through the adversity that COVID-19 brought to the table and get back on the field. After putting in the work and ensuring that he was ready to go, Cameron finds himself putting on the Olde English D’ for the Tigers at the big league level.
Shockingly, this call-up allows for the Detroit Tigers to keep letting the rebuild unfold and somehow stay alive in the 2020 postseason hunt.