Red Sox draft focus: Daz Cameron


From 2010-2011, Mike Cameron played a pair of disappointing seasons with the Red Sox to essentially close out his major league career. His son, Daz Cameron, ranks as one of the top high school players in this year’s MLB draft and the Red Sox have been linked to the outfielder with five-tool potential. If neither Alex Bregman nor Carson Fulmer (generally regarded as Boston’s top two choices) are available with the seventh overall pick, the Red Sox may look to bring in the next generation of the Cameron family and draft Daz in the first round.

The word that best describes Cameron’s game is “solid.” He does not possess any outstanding tools but has the potential to be at least average all across the board and should be able to stick as a major league center fielder.

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Once projected as an elite prospect that could go first overall in this year’s draft, Cameron has fallen off a bit as his high school career has continued. Still, a legitimate center fielder who has the potential to hit for a high average, play strong defense, and have relatively few flaws in his game is a valuable prospect. The Georgia high schooler may not have the huge ceiling that scouts once expected of him, but his high floor (for a high school prospect at least) makes him a quality candidate to go seventh overall in a weak 2015 draft class.

The Red Sox don’t have any obvious need for outfielders either in the major leagues or in their prospect ranks, with Manuel Margot and potentially Yoan Moncada profiling as future MLB outfielders. However, teams do not draft for need in baseball and Cameron will not be major league ready for several seasons. That lack of an apparent need should not dissuade the Red Sox from drafting Cameron, who appears to be a perfectly viable candidate at seventh overall.