TIGERS outfielder Akil Baddoo homered in his first significant group at-bat — on his absolute first pitch.
Baddoo began the lower part of the third inning Sunday with a drive to left field off Cleveland’s Aaron Civale. This game was the 22-year-old Baddoo’s first appearance above Class A.
Baddoo was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2016, and the Tigers took him with the third pick of the 2020 winter meeting draft of unprotected players. He is falling off a breathtaking spring preparing in which he hit .325 with five homers in 21 games.