Background: Because other teams preferred college players or had questions about his signability, Maybin fell to the Tigers at No. 10 in the 2005 draft. He signed for $2.65 million after missing his first pro summer while negotiating the deal. The Tigers truly had no plans to promote Maybin to the big leagues in 2007. He turned 20 in April and performed well at high Class A Lakeland before losing one month of developmental time with a partial dislocation of his right shoulder, an injury that cost him the chance to play in the Futures Game. When Maybin was promoted to Double-A Erie in early August, Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said he was not among the candidates for a September callup. That changed quickly. Maybin crushed Eastern League pitchers during a scorching, four-homers-in-six-games tour. The Tigers needed a spark in the midst of a pennant race and summoned Maybin to the majors on Aug. 17. He debuted at Yankee Stadium and hit his first big league home run against Roger Clemens the next day. Inexperience, though, prevented his talent from emerging on a regular basis during his six-week stay. By the end of the season, he was being utilized primarily as a pinch runner. Maybin reported to the Arizona Fall League in order to get more at-bats, but his work there was curtailed by a slight left shoulder strain that was not believed to be serious. Maybin was the youngest player on his Fall League team, further evidence of how quickly he has advanced. The Tigers packaged Maybin and lefthander Andrew Miller, the sixth overall pick in 2006, and four other players to the Marlins at the Winter Meetings, landing third baseman Miguel Cabrera and lefthander Dontrelle Willis.
Strengths: Maybin remained remarkably composed throughout the year, a tribute to his makeup. Of course, it helps to have five-tool ability. He has plus-plus speed on the bases and was successful in all five of his steal attempts in the big leagues. He has a big frame and tremendous overall strength, which is evident in his incredible raw power to all fields. Still, he's not afraid to hit the ball on the ground. With his speed, that will mean plenty of infield singles, and he's comfortable taking pitches up the middle and into right field.
Weaknesses: Maybin's time in the majors brought out some flaws in his game that should be corrected in time. He has trouble recognizing some breaking pitches, which partially explains his elevated strikeout totals. He takes some bad reads in the outfield, although his straight-ahead speed usually allows him to recover. He has good arm strength, but his throws lacked consistency and accuracy last year, perhaps a result of the midseason shoulder injury. Maybin struggled initially with the adjustment to left field—where he played in the majors, because of Curtis Granderson's presence in center—but should be a center fielder with the Marlins.The Future: All the tools are there for Maybin to be an all star who hits 20-25 home runs every year. The comparisons to Torii Hunter seem fair, and scouts highest on Maybin see him as a young Andre Dawson. He handled his struggles in Detroit with class and earned immediate respect from the team's veterans, which bodes well for his long-term success. He will be more experienced—and probably more successful—when he gets his next call to the majors. With no real center-field obstacle in Florida, Maybin should get an early and extended trial as the Marlins' regular.
|2007 Club (Class)||AVG||OBP||SLG||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||SO||SB|
|Lakeland (Hi A)||.304||.393||.486||296||58||90||14||5||10||44||43||83||25|