Cameron Maybin was the tenth overall pick by the Detroit Tigers in the 2005 MLB Draft. The ’05 draft featured copious amounts of talent. With the likes of Justin Upton, Ryan Braun, Alex Gordon, and Ryan Zimmerman, Maybin really had to prove himself. He might not have been as highly touted as the aforementioned players, but he was up there. Six of the top ten picks from that year have made the All-Star team at least once – Maybin isn’t one of them.
His time in the MLB can be best summed up as lackluster.
He had a decent season in 2011 with the Padres, decent is a very liberal term in this case. Maybin had a slash line of .264/.323/.393 – decent, nothing spectacular. The following season was much of the same, maybe a little worse.
Before the 2015 season started, Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. were sent to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Matt Wisler, and Cameron Maybin, among others, but this was really the crux of the trade for Atlanta. Actually, Wisler and Peterson were really the crux of the trade, and Maybin was just looked at as an outfielder that could contribute sometimes.
In the offseason, the Braves had signed Eric Young Jr. to a minor-league deal in hopes he could fill a void in centerfield, especially with the departure of Heyward, Justin Upton, and now Melvin Upton Jr. a depleted outfield, could use another body. The signing of Nick Markakis was a great swap in terms of right fielders, Jonny Gomes and Eric Young Jr. were really just signed as platoon guys, but Maybin was an enigmatic part of that trade.
It turns out, the Braves robbed the Padres blind in that trade. Peterson has been great at second, but it would take a little while for Maybin to finally start to produce, consistently.
In April, Maybin hit a very dreadful .175, but Young Jr. wasn’t much better, so the two split time in centerfield. It wasn’t until May when Maybin started to come alive.
He had a slash line of .290/.371/.409 in May, watching him at the plate was no longer a chore. In fact, since May started, Maybin has showed the best plate discipline of his entire career, not to mention, he’s on pace to have career highs in every offensive category.
He seems very comfortable in Atlanta, he’s always been a hard worker, and nearly a decade later, it’s finally starting to pay off for him. Although he’s on a very hot streak, this doesn’t seem to be a fluke. Maybin is finally starting to show the potential he had showed the Tigers before they drafted him. The Braves have since DFA’d Young Jr. and Maybin is now their guy, at least for the time being.
Although it’s only a week and change into June, Maybin has been absolutely on fire. The Braves are only a few games out of first in the NL East, with the worst bullpen in baseball, no less. But, Atlanta has been playing very competitive baseball, they have a few players to thank for that, Cameron Maybin being one of them.