Draft profile: Daz Cameron
*** With the 2015 First-Year Player Draft fast approaching, we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class. ***
Name: Daz Cameron
School: Eagle's Landing Christian Acad. (Ga.)
Rank on Draft Top 200: 6
Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 6'1" Weight: 190 lbs.
College commitment: Florida State
Future grades on 20-80 scouting scale
30: Well below average
40: Below average
60: Above average
70-80: Well above average
An 18th-round pick in 1991, Mike Cameron overcame those humble Draft roots to win three Gold Gloves, make an All-Star team and hit four homers in a big league game. His son won't have to wait nearly as long to hear his name called in 2015.
One of just three players ever selected to play in two Under Armour All-America Games, Cameron emerged as a potential No. 1 overall pick as a sophomore. While his upside has leveled off a bit since then, he still profiles as a center fielder who could have at least solid tools across the board. In addition to his physical ability, he shows fine instincts in all phases of the game.
Cameron should have at least average big league power, but he doesn't worry about home runs at this point. The Florida State recruit laces line drives all over the field with a short right-handed swing and plenty of bat speed. While he's not a blazer, he can steal a few bases and chases down balls in the gaps.
MLB comp: Mike Cameron
Fun fact: Daz homered against his father's high school, LaGrange (Ga.), on the same night LaGrange retired Mike Cameron's uniform number 8.
He said it: "It's important to come out and have fun. I know it's a job. If you don't love it and you can't have fun, then why are you doing it? If you want to have a good time playing baseball and you want to do it for a long time, you have to have a good time."
They said it: "He's not a cocky guy. And Mike isn't either. Daz never acts like he's better than you are or that he's a better person because he's more talented. So he has a certain amount of humility. A guy who has been told all his life how good he is, with this much talent, you might expect him to be uncoachable. He's not that way at all. He's a pretty smart kid."
-- Eagle's Landing coach Doug Campbell