Cameron is no stranger to being a part of notable transactions. His $4M bonus with Houston in the 2015 Draft set a record for the 37th overall pick, and last summer, he was one of the prospects that the Astros sent to Detroit in the Justin Verlander deal. Also notable is Cameron’s play on the field in 2018, a season in which he has turned the corner as a 21-year-old. He reached Double-A in late June and caught fire for the SeaWolves, slashing .313/.380/.547 during his first month in the Eastern League.
The athletic outfielder was extremely impressive over my three-game look this July. A physical 6’2’’ and 195 pounds, Cameron has “the big league look” in a chiseled and athletic frame. A simple setup and quiet load allow him to recognize pitches well, and I was taken by the quality of his at-bats throughout the series. Playing centerfield and hitting third, Cameron consistently worked counts and showed a very mature approach, sticking with his plan at the plate and making pitchers work. His swing is efficient and short, getting to the ball directly and without holes. The approach and hand-path are geared for line drive contact, though Cameron’s average raw power and plus batspeed on a physical frame give reason to project on the homerun power. Defensively, I loved his mix of tools and polish in centerfield. Cameron ranged to the gaps with an effortless glide, his range only made better by excellent jumps and quality routes to the ball. He has an above-average arm with an athletic arm-stroke that gets rid of the ball quickly and generates easy carry.
Cameron was firmly in our mix for the Midseason Top 125 Prospects, and I came away from my look feeling confident we were right to have him ranked. Burgeoning hit and on-base ability paired with a surefire centerfield defensive profile make him a good bet to be a solid-regular. He may never develop this type of pop, but there’s all-star upside if Cameron can crack the 20+ home run threshold given his other plus tools.