West Michigan outfielder Cameron Maybin, the top hitting prospect in the Tigers farm system, is facing charges of violating Michigan’s zero-tolerance alcohol law and careless driving, the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press reported.
According to the police reports, Maybin was ticketed after he registered a 0.04 blood alcohol level after a one-car accident at 5 a.m. on July 13. While 0.04 is below the state’s 0.08 threshold for driving under the influence, drivers under the age of 18 can be cited for having any alcohol in their system.
Maybin, 19, told the police that he had swerved to avoid a deer, which caused him to run off the road and strike a utility pole. He called the police to report the accident, and remained on the scene until they arrived.
According to the paper, Maybin could face up to a 90-day suspended sentence, $250 in fines and community service if he’s found guilty.
Maybin, considered one of the top prospects in baseball, has put together an outstanding first full pro season after being drafted by the Tigers in the first round (10th overall) in 2005. He’s hitting .322/.401/.479 in 317 at-bats, adding 26 stolen bases in 30 attempts.