Daz Cameron will always play his way, regardless of how the game has changed.
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Speed, defense, and contact.
The game of baseball used to center around those three variables. Getting on-base was the most important part of scoring runs and players were content hitting a single and moving runners from station to station.
It is not like home runs were never hit, plenty of baseballs went over the fence. Some of the game’s best power hitters played when power did not take over the way the game was played. Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays, just to name a few.
But the “launch angle era” has changed everything. Home runs and with it, strikeouts have been rising every year.
However, Detroit Tigers prospect Daz Cameron is one of many young players that could very likely bring the old school game back to the forefront.With the current state of baseball favoring powerful home run hitters, @Tigers prospect @_darkman44 is a throwback batsman. @joejacquezaz authors a feature with the young outfielder.Click To Tweet
Instead of trying to force the ball out of the ballpark, the 21-year-old Cameron will continue to use his speed and contact skills to hit for a high average, get on base, and wreak havoc for opposing pitchers.
“[I am] just trying to stick to the system and have good at-bats,” Cameron said. “I am trying to focus on putting the ball in play and helping the ball club win in any way I can.
“The main thing is to score runs, and I try to help my team do that in any way I can,” Cameron said. “Whether that be a hit, a double, triple, a homer, any way.”
For Cameron, that means using his elite speed and above average bat-to-ball and defensive skills in center field. The former Houston Astros prospect finished the Arizona Fall League season with a .342 average and nine stolen bases in 79 at-bats and 20 games.
“I know the game is evolving but I try to be the best player I can be and let everything go from there,” Cameron said. “It is crazy that the game is evolving. People are just hitting home runs, but I am trying to just stay within myself.”
Cameron and other young players that are content with bunting for a base hit to put pressure on the defense, and hitting it the other way against the shift could help baseball attract a younger audience and recover from years of declining ratings.
From the field…
Some notes from the Arizona Fall League championship game between the Salt River Rafters and the Peoria Javelinas at Scottsdale Stadium.
- Milwaukee Brewers prospect Keston Hiura led the Fall League with 33 runs batted in and took home Joe Black MVP Award honors.
- Colorado Rockies prospect Tyler Nevin won the batting title with a .426 average.
- Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Cole Tucker won the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award.
- Peoria is going for back-to-back AFL championships, while Salt River is searching for their third AFL title and first since 2014.