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AJ Hinch Reveals Reasoning Behind Akil Baddoo Call Up

Larry Rupp
Manager A.J. Hinch revealed the reasoning behind outfielder Akil Baddoo's call up.
Manager A.J. Hinch revealed the reasoning behind outfielder Akil Baddoo's call up. / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The vibes were high in the Detroit Tigers' locker room during a six-game winning streak in early July, but it's the complete opposite during a four-game losing streak. Manager A.J. Hinch decided to call up outfielder Akil Baddoo from Triple-A in a move he hopes can give the team a much-needed spark.

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Hinch explained that he has always wanted Baddoo to be on the roster, but felt it was necessary to wait until he could be a contributor. The 23-year-old struggled to control the strike zone earlier this season, which led to his demotion. Baddoo has turned it all around with the Toledo Mud Hens, though.

The former Rule 5 draft pick has hit .438 to go along with 6 doubles, 3 home runs and 9 walks over his last 13 games. On the season, Baddoo is slashing .300/.405/.500 across 30 games, showing off his speed with 2 triples and 7 stolen bases as well. He brings a level of excitement the Tigers are missing.

"Akil is playing great. We need guys that are playing good."

AJ Hinch on Akil Baddoo

Utility player Kody Clemens was optioned to the Mud Hens in a corresponding move as Baddoo gets another opportunity to prove he belongs in the majors. He'll be looking to replicate efforts during the 2021 season, when he ranked second on the team with 18 stolen bases and third with a .330 OBP.

The Tigers remain far out of reach for a coveted AL Wild Card spot and currently own a 36-51 record. Detroit is a long shot to win the World Series with odds set at +200000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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