With the 37th overall pick in the draft, the Astros have selected outfielder Daz Cameron out of Eagle's Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia, according to multiple reports. Cameron, 18, was projected to be a top-four or top-five pick in most mock drafts, though some reports noted that it would take an above-slot deal to lure him into going pro instead of honoring his commitment to Florida State. Cameron is the son of former major-leaguer Mike Cameron.
Cameron fell all the way to the first competitive balance round due to a perceived high asking price, according to reports, but was drafted by the team with a huge signing pool of over $17.2 million. With the addition of Cameron, the Astros now have drafted three of MLB.com's top seven prospects in the draft, with shortstop Alex Bregman and outfielder Kyle Tucker also among their additions tonight.
Cameron is looking to become the second major-leaguer out of Eagle's Landing, following in the footsteps of ex-Cub Matt Murton, who was a first-round pick in 2003. Cameron hit .421 with fourteen home runs in 53 games over the past two seasons, and also played basketball throughout high school. He is one of only three players in history to play in two Under Armour All-America games.
According to his scouting report on MLB.com, Cameron is projected to be a major-league center fielder due to his plus physical ability and instincts. He is praised for his compact, right-handed swing and his ability to play center field at an above-average level, though he is not the fastest player in the draft.