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Tigers center fielder Akil Baddoo flies out against Brewers starter Freddy Peralta during the third inning on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

DETROIT — Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo has exceeded all expectations this season. That’s not even debatable.

A Rule-5 project who hadn’t played in two years, coming off elbow surgery, having never played above High-A ball – that he has been a productive presence in the Tigers’ lineup all season is remarkable. That he’s slashed .259/.325/.452, with an American League-best seven triples, 13 home runs, 55 runs scored, 52 RBIs and 14 stolen bases – well, that’s beyond what general manager Al Avila or manager AJ Hinch could have even dreamed.

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