Daz Cameron can officially put his slow start to the season behind him.The Astros' No. 9 prospect broke out for Class A Quad Cities on Friday, recording a career-high seven RBIs and finishing a double shy of hitting for the cycle in the River Bandits' 19-2 rout of Clinton.Cameron started
Daz Cameron can officially put his slow start to the season behind him.
The Astros' No. 9 prospect broke out for Class A Quad Cities on Friday, recording a career-high seven RBIs and finishing a double shy of hitting for the cycle in the River Bandits' 19-2 rout of Clinton.
Cameron started the scoring for Quad Cities in the top of the second inning with a three-run home run to the opposite field, his fourth homer of the year, and double the total he posted in 91 games during his first two pro seasons.
Cameron was at the forefront of the River Bandits' 10-run outburst in the following frame, driving in a run with a bases-loaded single and then plating another with a one-out sacrifice fly. In the fifth, the 20-year-old center fielder increased his RBI total to seven with a two-run triple to right field.
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Cameron's previous career high for RBIs was five, which he achieved on April 9 against the Timber Rattlers.
Needing a double to complete the cycle with four innings remaining, Cameron saw six pitches in his fourth at-bat before grounding out to second base. He later struck out to end the top of the eighth inning, stranding runners on first and third.
The three-hit performance was Cameron's second of the season and lifted his average to .208 from .181. He now has 17 RBIs through 20 games, with 10 extra-base hits and five steals.
No. 78 overall prospect Forrest Whitley (Astros' No. 5) paced the River Bandits on the mound by striking out seven of the 12 batters he faced in three innings. The 2016 first-round pick (No. 17 overall) allowed three hits and did not issue a walk, throwing 33 of his 48 pitches for strikes.
It was just the second start of the season for Whitley after he tossed five innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts to record the win in his season debut.
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