His team plays in San Diego and is 17 games under .500. That is two reasons why Cameron Maybin has flown under the radar. Another is that .221 batting average. Still only 25 years old, the Padres still think he has tremendous upside and showed it with a 5 year, $25 million dollar contract extension through 2016.
Maybin was originally drafted by the Tigers in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft out of Roberson High School in Asheville, NC. He (along with Andrew Miller) were the centerpieces of the deal for the Marlins in the trade that sent Miguel Cabrera to Detroit. Maybin was the starting Center Fielder for Florida in 2009 but was sent down to the Minors only a month into the season. Surprisingly, the Marlins quickly ran out of patience with Maybin and shipped him to San Diego after the 2010 season.
In his first season with the Padres, Maybin was selected as the team MVP in a season which he stole 40 bases and was named the San Diego nominee for the Hank Aaron Award, given to the top hitter in each league. Maybin’s power output of 9 home runs and 40 RBI’s in 2011 was slightly skewed because he plays in spacious Petco Park. His value is more on defense because he plays Center Field in San Diego, where he is asked to cover an awful lot of ground. He is on pace to at least match his 2011 offensive numbers and he continues to produce highlight reel plays every night. Although Maybin has only four homers in 2012, he hit one almost 500 feet earlier this season in Arizona. Check out the mammoth blast here.
Cameron Maybin has all of the tools to remain one of the building blocks as the Padres continue to rebuild. Considering he was once the 10th pick in the country, you have to believe he will eventually be a .260 hitter. That along with his blazing speed and superior defensive skills will make him one of the best Outfielders over the next ten seasons.
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