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Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Loses out on Opening Day roster
The Tigers optioned Baddoo to Triple-A Toledo on Monday.
Baddoo turned in an .800 OPS and stole three bases in four attempts during spring training, but his poor showing over a larger sample at the big-league level in 2022 looks to have worked against him in his bid for a spot on the Opening Day roster. Barring any outside additions prior to Thursday's season opener versus the Rays, the Tigers will likely enter the campaign with Kerry Carpenter, Ryan Kreidler, Jake Rogers and the newly acquired Zach McKinstry as their four reserve position players.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Could be fourth outfielder
With Matt Vierling (knee) nearing a return to game action, per Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, Baddoo may shift into a fourth outfielder role.
Riley Greene and Austin Meadows are healthy and locked into starting roles, so the third outfield spot likely comes down to Vierling, Baddoo and possibly Kerry Carpenter. Vierling came over in the Gregory Soto trade during the offseason and the Tigers may want to see what they have in their new player, which could push Baddoo out of favor. The latter didn't help his cause with a .204 batting average and .558 OPS last season, though Baddoo was markedly better during his 2021 debut campaign. The left-handed Baddoo and right-handed Vierling may also work in something of a platoon, at least early in the year.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Could be competing for role
Baddoo figures to compete for the Tigers' third starting outfield spot in spring training, with Riley Greene and Austin Meadows locked into regular roles, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Baddoo may be jockeying with fellow left-handed hitter Kerry Carpenter in camp, with the winner of that battle potentially forming a platoon with Matt Vierling. There are also DH at-bats up for grabs, with veteran Miguel Cabrera unlikely to play every day. Baddoo struggled in 2022 following a promising 2021 debut, recording a .204 batting average and .558 OPS. The outfielder may need a strong spring to earn regular playing time to begin the season.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Swipes two bags in win
Baddoo went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run and two stolen bases in a 4-3 victory versus the Mariners on Monday.
Baddoo served as an excellent table setter atop the lineup, reaching base three times. He led off the contest with a walk and subsequently stole second base before coming around to score on a Miguel Cabrera single. Baddoo is up to nine thefts on the campaign, which is half as many as he recorded as a rookie last season, though he's seen substantially less playing time in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Leading off again Sunday
Baddoo will start in left field and bat first in Sunday's game against the Twins.
Baddoo will be leading off for the fourth straight game, as the Tigers take a longer look at the speedy youngster heading into 2023. After a nice rookie campaign last year, Baddoo has mostly struggled this season with a .199 batting average, though he's put up a .273 average over his last 10 games.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Sitting against southpaw
Baddoo is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals.
With a southpaw (Daniel Lynch) on the hill, the lefty-hitting Baddoo will take a seat Wednesday. The switch-hitting Victor Reyes replaces Baddoo in the corner outfield.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Riding pine Sunday
Baddoo is not in Sunday's lineup against the White Sox.
Baddoo has been coming on strong, especially from a fantasy standpoint, as he is hitting .261 with one home run and two steals in 23 at-bats over his last seven games. Victor Reyes is starting in left field and hitting eighth.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Sparks offense Tuesday
Baddoo went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Baltimore.
Baddoo opened the scoring for Detroit with a two-run shot off Baltimore starter Austin Voth in the third inning. The long ball was just Baddoo's second of the season and comes as he was mired in a 4-for-24 skid to start the month of September entering Tuesday's contest. He has started each of the last four games for Detroit but still figures to sit versus lefties more often than not.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Playing time increasing
Baddoo will start in left field and bat ninth in Monday's game in Baltimore, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Baddoo will stick in the lineup for a fourth consecutive game after going 1-for-7 with a triple, three walks, two runs and a stolen base during the Tigers' weekend series with the White Sox. He hasn't recaptured a regular role against right-handed pitching just yet, but Baddoo may have jumped ahead of Willi Castro in the pecking order for playing time in the corner outfield.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Triples, scores Tuesday
Baddoo went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Astros.
The triple was the first of the season for Baddoo, who hit seven of them during a solid rookie campaign last year. This season has been a different story for the speedy outfielder, as he's seen his OPS drop from .766 in 2021 to .490 in 2022. Baddoo had a high .335 batting average on balls in play last year, and that figure has dropped to .267 this year, so he's generally been less fortunate at the plate. The 24-year-old still offers an enticing mix of speed and power potential, though he hasn't shown it off as much in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Riding pine Saturday
Baddoo isn't starting Saturday against Kansas City.
Although right-hander Jonathan Heasley is on the mound for the Royals on Saturday, Baddoo will head to the bench for the fourth time in the last five games. Kerry Carpenter is starting in left field and batting fifth.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Still on bench Wednesday
Baddoo isn't starting Wednesday against the Mariners.
Baddoo has posted a 35.1 percent strikeout rate since the start of August and will be out of the lineup for the third time in the last four games. Kerry Carpenter is taking over in left field and batting seventh.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: On bench Tuesday
Baddoo isn't starting Tuesday's game against Seattle.
Baddoo has a .603 OPS and 35.1 percent strikeout rate in 52 at-bats this month. Kerry Carpenter is the left fielder Tuesday and Miguel Cabrera is the designated hitter.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Absent from Saturday's lineup
Baddoo isn't starting Saturday against the Rangers.
Baddoo started the last two games and went 1-for-6 with two runs, a walk and three strikeouts. However, Victor Reyes will start in left field and bat second with left-hander Dallas Keuchel on the mound Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Sitting Tuesday
Baddoo will sit Tuesday versus the Giants.
Baddoo will get a breather after he went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a stolen base in Sunday's series finale against the Angels. Victor Reyes will slide over to left field while Willi Castro enters the lineup in right field and bats seventh in the series opener.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Swipes fourth bag
Baddoo went 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in a 4-0 victory Sunday over the Angels.
Baddoo singled and stole second in the second inning and walked and scored in the fourth. The 24-year-old had a .384 OPS at the end of July through 84 plate appearances and has improved in August, posting a .310/.370/.310 slash line with three stolen bases during the month. He has just two extra-base hits on the season for Detroit but has shown the ability to hit with power in the past in both the minors and majors.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Sits against lefty
Baddoo will sit Saturday against the Angels.
Baddoo has started against just one lefty since his return to the majors in mid-July. With southpaw Reid Detmers on the mound for the Angels on Saturday, Baddoo will hit the bench for the second straight game. Victor Reyes will get the start in left field.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: On bench against southpaw
Baddoo isn't starting Friday against the Angels.
Baddoo has started against just three left-handed pitchers this year, and he'll get a breather with southpaw Patrick Sandoval on the mound Friday. Kerry Carpenter will take his place in left field and bat sixth.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Playing time trending up
Baddoo will start in left field and bat ninth in Tuesday's game in Cleveland, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Though he was a late addition to the starting nine after Willi Castro was scratched with an apparent injury, Baddoo had already been earning more playing time when Castro was ostensibly healthy over the past week and a half. Baddoo will be making his ninth start in 10 games Tuesday, with his lone absence coming Monday in the second half of a doubleheader. Baddoo went 6-for-22 with two walks, two runs and a stolen base over his eight consecutive starts.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Remains out of lineup
Baddoo is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.
Baddoo started Friday's game but will now be on the bench for a second consecutive contest, with the Tigers using Robbie Grossman, Riley Greene and Victor Reyes in the outfield from left to right. Baddoo clearly looks like a reserve outfielder at this point, though his fortunes could change if Detroit decides to trade the veteran Grossman before Tuesday's deadline.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 5-11, 184 lbs|
|Birthplace: Silver Springs, MD|
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