Tigers rookie Akil Baddoo hits homer on first MLB pitch, then makes franchise history in second game
Making the jump from Single-A to the major leagues isn't easy. Detroit Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo only made it look that way.
Baddoo, a 22-year-old Rule 5 Draft pick from the Twins, skipped right over Double-A and Triple-A to make Detroit's Opening Day roster following a torrid spring. He went 13 for 40 (.325) with five homers and nearly as many walks (10) as strikeouts (14) in 21 Grapefruit League games. You can't not put a kid on the roster when he does that, right?