Cameron Maybin’s 2018 Miami Marlins Season Review

MIAMI, FL - MAY 01: Cameron Maybin #1 of the Miami Marlins hits a triple in the 10th inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on May 1, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 01: Cameron Maybin #1 of the Miami Marlins hits a triple in the 10th inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on May 1, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Cameron Maybin was an integral part of the Miami Marlins Opening Day roster.

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Cameron Keith Maybin is a 6’3″, 215 lb. right-handed hitting and throwing centerfielder from Asheville, North Carolina. The city of Asheville has produced 12 major leaguers, most recently besides Maybin were pitchers Darren Holmes and Sammy Stewart.

Maybin was born on April 4th, 1987, and back in 2005 the Detroit Tigers chose him in the first round out of Roberson HS in his hometown. Chosen 10th overall, Maybin is part of a group that has placed 79 percent in the majors, or 43-of-54. Most notably, Mark McGwire (1984, Oakland Athletics, 62.2 career WAR), Robin Ventura (1988, Chicago White Sox, 56.1 WAR), Ted Simmons (1967, St. Louis Cardinals, 50.3 WAR) and Miami Marlins bench coach Tim Wallach (1979, Montreal Expos, 38.5 WAR).

Maybin made his major league debut with the Tigers in 2007, going seven-for-49 with five stolen bases in 24 games. After the season, the Tigers sent Maybin with Mike Rabelo, Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop, Eulogio de la Cruz, and Dallas Trahern to the Florida Marlins for Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera. He was instantly the Marlins’ top prospect, as well as the number eight prospect MLB-wide.

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MIAMI, FL – JULY 26: Cameron Maybin #1 of the Miami Marlins singles for an rbi in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on July 26, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Maybin’s first hitch with the Miami Marlins lasted for three seasons. In 144 games, he slashed .257/.323/.391 with 12 round-trippers, 43 RBI, and 14 stolen bases. After the 2010 season, the Marlins traded him to the San Diego Padres for Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica.

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From 2011 through 2014, Maybin played in 393 games for the Padres. He put up a .246/.307/.358 line, with 74 stolen bases. He then played for the Atlanta Braves, the Tigers again, the Los Angeles Angels, and the Houston Astros. He signed with the Miami Marlins through free agency on February 20th, 2018. You can follow Maybin on Twitter @CameronMaybin.

Maybin’s second hitch with the Miami Marlins would see him slash .258/.338/.343 over 99 games, with three homers, 20 RBI, and eight stolen bases in 13 tries. On April 3rd, he had the biggest positive impact of his season by WPA, earning a mark of .322 in a 4-2 loss to the eventual World Champion Boston Red Sox. Maybin singled in the second, singled and stole second base in the seventh, and hit a game-tying RBI-double with two outs in the bottom of the 11th. Unfortunately, Justin Bour was gunned down at home on the play, and the Red Sox Eventually won the game, on the strength of a Hanley Ramirez two-run double in the 13th inning.

On July 31st, the major league trading deadline, the Miami Marlins traded Maybin to the Seattle Mariners for middle infielder Bryson Brigman. It’s too early to judge the trade, but Brigman looks to be fast-tracked for the majors by late 2019 or 2020.

Maybin finished out the season hitting .242/.289/.319 in 30 contests for Seattle. Listed as a free agent as of October 29th, he is free to pursue a contract with any organization. Maybin is still a solid bet to steal a base and hit around .250. There’s a good chance that somebody will sign Maybin to a single-year deal.

During the offseason, Maybin concentrates on his Maybin Mission Holiday Project, a charity based out of Asheville, NC.

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