Padres’ Maybin Draws 25-Game Suspension

Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin received a 25-game suspension after positive for amphetamines, Major League Baseball announced today.

Cameron Maybin (Photo by Ed Wolfstein).

Cameron Maybin (Photo by Ed Wolfstein)

The 27-year-old Maybin hit .247/.286/.368 in 62 games this season after missing the first three weeks with a torn biceps. Once ranked among the finest prospects in the game, he appeared to be trending in the right direction after his age-24 season in 2011, in which he stole 40 bases and logged an adjusted-OPS+ of 103. Maybin has hit just .238 and logged an 83 OPS+ since then.

In a statement released by the team, Padres manager Bud Black said that, "Our club fully supports Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program. Cameron has accepted full responsibility for his violation and apologized to his teammates and coaches. We are all looking forward to his return."

Maybin is eligible to return to the team on Aug. 20.

The 10th overall pick in 2005 by the Tigers out of Roberson High in Asheville, N.C., Maybin entered the pro ranks with a rare combination of premium athletic ability, bloodlines (his cousins include former North Carolina basketball star Rashad McCants) and baseball savvy. Physically, he evoked comparisons on the low end to Preston Wilson and on the high end to Vladimir Guerrero.

The one tool that has translated to the major has been Maybin’s defense, which in part helped him earn a $25 million, five-year deal from the Padres that runs through 2016 with an option for 2017.

In 2011, the center fielder ranked third in the National League in defensive Wins Above Replacement (2.0) and fifth in range factor, and he has made several highlight-reel catches in his career.

But Maybin’s bat never has caught up. He has a career slash line of .248/.309/.370 and he has struck out four times as often as he’s walked in his career.

In a statement released by the MLB Players Association, Maybin said he has Attention Deficit Disorder for which he had received a therapeutic use exemption.

“Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK'd, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive. I want to assure everyone that this was a genuine effort to treat my condition and I was not trying in any way to gain an advantage in my baseball career. I understand that I must accept responsibility for this mistake and I will take my punishment and will not challenge my suspension. I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates, and the entire Padres organization. I look forward to returning to the field and contributing to the success of my club."