Dazmon Jaroid Cameron
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.
- High School Eagle's Landing Christian Academy
- Debut September 9, 2020
The son of Mike Cameron, Daz Cameron was expected to be selected in the first round of the 2015 amateur draft. In fact he lasted until the competitive balance round, being selected with the #37 overall pick by the Houston Astros; it was speculated that teams were scared by his expected high bonus demands. The Astros, however, had a huge pool of bonus money available, the result of having four of the top 46 picks that year. He made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Astros. He hit .251/.353/.309 in 51 games between the Gulf Coast League and the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League that first season.
In 2016, Daz played 40 games split almost equally between the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. He hit only .143 in the Midwest League, but did better at Tri-City, where he hit .278 with 13 runs and 14 RBIs in 19 games. He was assigned back to Quad Cities to start 2017 and had a solid season, hitting .271/.349/.466 in 120 games, with 29 doubles, 8 triples and 14 homers, scoring 79 runs and driving in 93. Having just turned 20 before the season, he was still younger than average for the circuit, making those numbers even better. On August 31, 2017, Cameron was traded to the Detroit Tigers with Franklin Pérez and Jake Rogers in exchange for ace pitcher Justin Verlander. He finished the year by playing 3 games with the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League.
In 2018, starting in the Florida State League with the Lakeland Flying Tigers, he made it all the way to AAA, making a stop in AA with the Erie SeaWolves before ending up with the Toledo Mud Hens of the International League. Combined, he hit .264/.343/.406 with 8 homers and 51 RBIs. He showed some outstanding speed with 9 triples and 24 stolen bases, in addition to 75 runs scored. He then hit a scorching .342 in 20 games in the Arizona Fall League to confirm his status as one of the top outfield prospects in baseball. In 2019, he spent the entire season in AAA with Toledo, where he hit .214/.330/.377. The power was still there to some degree, with 22 doubles, 6 triples and 13 homers, but the precipitous fall in batting average was enough of a concern for him not to be given a fist shot at the Show. In 2020, with the minor leagues shut down by the Coronavirus pandemic, he spent the first six weeks of the season at the Tigers' alternative training camp before being called up to make his debut on September 9th. It came in a 19-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, in which he went 0 for 3 with a strikeout and a GIDP as his team's right fielder.