2018 Rookie of the Year?
Cameron is a late bloomer when it comes to baseball. The son of veteran major leaguer Mike Cameron, success came to Daz early on when he started to play his junior year of high school. Cameron hit .421 in his career at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia. He has a career OPS of 1.350 including a staggering on-base percentage of .545.
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Cameron was the 37th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft and went on to play Rookie ball for the GCL Astros and the Greenville Astros. His stats may not have jumped off the page in his first months in the Astros organization, hitting .251 with 0 home runs and 17 RBIs. However, what sets Cameron apart are two things.
First, his on-base percentage is still at a very high level with a .353 OBP compared to his .251 BA. The second and more impressive thing is his speed. In 53 career games in high school, Cameron stole 28 bases. In Rookie Ball, Cameron stole 24 bases in 34 attempts in his first 51 games. Cameron may take a bit longer to develop in this organization and his estimated time of arrival may not be as certain as other guys, but the tools are there for him to be a star.
Those years of disappointing baseball in Houston seems to be coming to an end. These players have the potential to keep it that way for a long time. Let’s see if we can give the 90’s Dodgers a run at four (correction five, 1992-96) in a row.