Weight: 185 lbs. (Yeah right!)
Birthday: August 16, 1998 AGE: 19
Drafted in the 2nd round (74th overall) in 2016
He will be playing his first FULL professional season this year. Starting in Cedar Rapids, and hopefully ending the year in Fort Myers.
Have you ever needed motivation to work out and get RIPPED?! Well, my friends, let me introduce you to Akil Baddoo, the winner of Twins' Daily's Short-Season Hitter of the Year in 2017. His instagram is loaded with pictures of him working out, and building himself for future success in baseball.
His first taste of professional baseball didn't go as planned in 2016, where he only managed a .570 OPS in 127 PA. The second time was the charm for Akil, as he returned to the GCL in 2017 and made headlines with his speed and his bat! In 243 PA, he batted .323/.436/.527, 19 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, and 9-for-13 in stolen base attempts!
The largest improvement for Baddoo from 2016 to 2017 was his K/BB ratio. In 2016, it looked like we had another Eddie Rosario on our hands, with 36 K's to go with only 18 walks. In 2017, we may have a LaMonte Wade on our hands, with 36 walks and 32 strikeouts.
Baddoo played a majority of his games in CF, and he has the athleticism to play anywhere in the OF.
And now, here's some fun videos!
First, here's Baddoo starting the fireworks early on July 4th hitting a walk-off HR
And here's a video of him getting some work in the cages before heading down to Spring Training this year.
If you're a Twitter person, follow him here