Cameron Maybin

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Cameron Maybin
Cameron Maybin on August 3, 2011 (1).jpg
Maybin with the San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres – No. 24
Center fielder
Born: (1987-04-04) April 4, 1987 (age 27)
Asheville, North Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 17, 2007 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
(through June 29, 2014)
Batting average .250
Hits 441
Home runs 32
Runs batted in 141
Stolen bases 91
Teams

Cameron Keith Maybin (born April 4, 1987) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the San Diego Padres. He was the tenth overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft by the Detroit Tigers.

High school[edit]

Maybin played high school baseball for T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, North Carolina. As a freshman, he led his team to a state title and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.[1] Joe Hayden, his manager with the Midland Redskins, said he had "the same instincts in the outfield and at the plate" as Ken Griffey, Jr., who Hayden also coached in the Connie Mack Division, an amateur baseball league for players 18 and younger.[1] The summer before his senior season, Maybin won the Connie Mack batting title and the 2004 Connie Mack World Series MVP award.[2] Maybin was also named the 2004 Baseball America Youth Player of the Year.[2]

Minor leagues[edit]

After graduating from high school, Maybin entered the Major League draft. In their pre-draft rankings, Baseball America tabbed him as the most promising available outfielder and the third-best hitting prospect overall.[3] He fell to the Tigers in tenth spot in the 2005 draft, in part due to speculation he'd be difficult to sign.[4] He signed in September for a $2.65 million bonus.[5]

In 2006, Maybin played his first professional season for the Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps, helping them win the Midwest League championship. He had a batting average of .304, hit nine home runs and stole twenty-seven bases. He was chosen to participate in the All-Star Futures Game.[6]

In late November 2006, Cameron was given the Class A Playoff Performer Award by MiLB.com.[7] He began the 2007 season with the Lakeland Flying Tigers of the High-A Florida State League.[8] On August 9, 2007, Maybin was promoted from the Single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers to the Double-A Erie Seawolves where he played six games before his call up to the Major League.

Maybin was consistently ranked as the Tigers top minor league prospect while in the organization.[8][9][10]

Maybin also played in the minors in 2008 for the Marlins Double-A affiliate Carolina Mudcats where he hit .277 with 13 home runs, 49 RBIs and 21 stolen bases to go along with a hefty 124 strikeouts in 390 at-bats (108 games).

Minor league honors[edit]

Major Leagues[edit]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

Maybin during his tenure with the Florida Marlins in 2010 spring training.

Maybin was called up to the Tigers on August 17, 2007, and made his Major League debut that day, going 0-4.[11][12] He was the youngest player in the American League (20 years old). In his second game, August 18, 2007, Maybin picked up his first career hit, (a single), and first career home run, both off of Roger Clemens. During his next plate appearance, he was hit by a Clemens fastball. In the same game, Maybin also earned his first Major League stolen base. Thus, Maybin received his first Major League hit, home run, hit-by-pitch and stolen base in the same game.[13]

Florida Marlins[edit]

On December 5, 2007, the Tigers traded Maybin, Andrew Miller, Mike Rabelo, Dallas Trahern, Eulogio De La Cruz, and Burke Badenhop to the Florida Marlins for Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera.[14]

On September 16, 2008, Maybin was called up to the Florida Marlins. He went 16 for 32 (.500 average) with 4 stolen bases in 8 Major League games.

In 2009, Maybin was the starting center fielder for the Florida Marlins when they faced the Washington Nationals on Opening Day. Maybin was sent down to the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs on May 10 after a poor start to the 2009 season, hitting .202 in 22 starts. Maybin was called back up to the Marlins on August 31 after hitting .319 in Triple-A and finished out the season with the big league club.[15]

Maybin again began 2010 as the Marlins starting center fielder, but was sent to Triple-A New Orleans on June 17 after hitting .225 with the club.[15] He hit .340 in the minors and rejoined the Marlins on August 24. In his final season with the Marlins, Maybin finished the year hitting .234 with 9 stolen bases over 82 total games.

San Diego Padres[edit]

Following the 2010 season, Maybin was traded to the Padres for Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica.[16] In 2011, he became the ninth player in Padres history to steal 40 bases.[17] He hit .264 with nine home runs and 40 RBIs and was the Padres' 2011 nominee for the Hank Aaron Award.[18] The San Diego Union-Tribune praised Maybin's defense and called his acquisition "one of the best trades in Padres history" and named him the team's MVP.[19] MLB.com wrote that his defense in center field was "Gold Glove-caliber".[18]

On March 3, 2012, Maybin and the Padres agreed on a 5 year deal worth $25 million with a club option for a 6th year.[20]

Maybin began the 2012 season in a prolonged slump, hitting .212 in the first half of the season, but he rebounded in the second half, batting .283, and finished the year with a .243/.306/.349 batting line and 26 stolen bases. He removed a high leg kick from his swing in July and credited the adjustment with his improved results.[21] Maybin was also hampered during the season by a lingering sore wrist that caused him to miss a handful of starts in late May and in July[22] and a sore Achilles' tendon that cost him time in September.[23] Maybin made 136 starts in center field on the year.

Maybin lost most of the 2013 season to injuries. He started 10 games in center field before going on the disabled list in mid-April with inflammation and an impingement in his right wrist. He returned for 4 games in early June before he tore a posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee diving for a ball.[24] While rehabbing the knee, Maybin decided to have surgery on the wrist in September as it continued to trouble him.[25] The surgery found loose particles and loose cartilage and a recovery time of 8–12 weeks was expected.[26]

Maybin suffered a ruptured left biceps tendon during spring training in 2014, and will miss two to three months of the season.[27]

On July 23, 2014, Maybin was suspended 25 games for using amphetamines, a violation of the Major League Baseball drug policy. He said the failed test was the result of treatment for attention deficit disorder (ADD), but added: "I understand that I must accept responsibility for this mistake".[28][29]

Personal[edit]

Maybin is a cousin of NFL linebacker Aaron Maybin, NBA guard Rashad McCants,[30] WNBA guard/forward Rashanda McCants and a third cousin of Canadian Football League running back John Avery.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ballew, Bill (October 7, 2004). "Maybin Building a Legacy as Youth Player of the Year". Baseball America.com. Baseball America Inc. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Tigers agree to terms with Cameron Maybin". Detroit Tigers Press Release. MLB.com. September 23, 2005. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "2005 Draft: Top 200 Draft Prospects". Baseball America.com. Baseball America Inc. May 23, 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  4. ^ Beck, Jason (June 7, 2005). "Tigers tab Maybin with top pick". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  5. ^ Matthews, Alan (September 23, 2005). "Maybin Signs With Tigers". Baseball America.com. Baseball America. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Cameron Maybin". MiLB.com. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  7. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (November 19, 2006). "Maybin displayed skills in clutch". MiLB.com. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2007-02-24. 
  8. ^ a b Goldstein, Kevin (January 19, 2007). "Future Shock: Detroit Tigers Top Ten Prospects". Baseball Prospectus. Prospectus Entertainment Ventures, LLC. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  9. ^ Morosi, Jon Paul (November 27, 2006). "Top Ten Prospects: Detroit Tigers". Baseball America.com. Baseball America Inc. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  10. ^ Mayo, Jonathan. "News: Mayo's Top 50 Prospects". Minor League Baseball.com. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  11. ^ Tigers promote top prospect Maybin
  12. ^ Maybin goes 0-4 in MLB debut
  13. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=457727#sectionType=gameLog&statType=1&season=2007&gameType='R'
  14. ^ Passan, Jeff (December 4, 2007). "Cabrera, Willis dealt to Tigers". Yahoo!Sports. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  15. ^ a b Hutton, Ted (August 23, 2010). "Marlins gamble in picking Maybin over Ross". SunSentinel.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  16. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101113&content_id=16095784&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb
  17. ^ "Will Venable's slam helps Padres dump Cubs in finale". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 28, 2011. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b Brock, Corey (October 3, 2011). "Aaron nominee Maybin makes fast impact". MLB.com. Archived from the original on October 14, 2011. 
  19. ^ Center, Bill (September 27, 2011). "Padres 2011: What went right and wrong". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. 
  20. ^ Crasnick, Jerry (March 5, 2012). "Cameron Maybin agrees to $25M deal". ESPN.com. 
  21. ^ Sanders, Jeff (September 4, 2012). "Padres Notes: Maybin's adjustment at plate keeps paying off". North County Times. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  22. ^ Short, D.J. (July 21, 2012). "Cameron Maybin likely to miss weekend with wrist injury". NBCSports. 
  23. ^ Center, Bill (September 18, 2012). "Maybin misses game with sore Achilles". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  24. ^ Center, Bill (June 11, 2013). "Maybin out 6-10 weeks with knee injury". The San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  25. ^ Brock, Corey (September 4, 2013). "Maybin to have surgery Friday on wrist". MLB.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  26. ^ Center, Bill (September 7, 2013). "Padres optimistic on Maybin's wrist surgery". The San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  27. ^ Snyder, Matt (March 3, 2014). "Cameron Maybin out 2-3 months with torn biceps tendon". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Padres OF Maybin tests positive for amphetamine". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 23, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  29. ^ Nightengale, Bob (July 23, 2014). "MLB suspends Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin for PEDs". USA Today. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  30. ^ Beck, Jason (March 21, 2007). "Maybin making a name for himself". MLB.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 

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Preceded by
Carlos Gonzales
Midwest League Prospect of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Clayton Kershaw