Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Top Prospect Tigers

Cameron Maybin

Position: Outfield
Height: 6-3 Weight: 200
Born: 4/4/1987
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Ideally, he'd have a couple of hundred more at-bats by now. However, Maybin has already established himself as one of the game's top outfield prospects. Maybin signed too late to play in 2005 after being drafted 10th overall by the Tigers and then missed about a month in 2006 after with a ligament injury in his right index finger. His worst stretch of the season came following his return in June. The only fault to be found with his overall numbers was his strikeout total. Maybin is a fantastic athlete, and it's only a matter of time until he pushes Curtis Granderson to a corner. On offense, he has 30-homer potential, though I'm skeptical he'll possess the on-base skills to develop into a superstar. He'll have to cut down on the strikeouts to remain a .300 hitter at the highest levels.- rotoworld

Batting: Maybin can do it all at the plate. HE has 30 plus home run power and commands the zone well for a kid his age. HE has the raw skills to become a patient hitter who works the count in his favor. His build projects him to have enormous power if can fill out. The onbly knock against his batting is he strikes out a little to much but he can work on that.

Speed: Maybin is very fast. HE stole 27 out of 34 last year and looks to be developing into a premiere base stealer.

Defense: Maybin is a potential gold glover in centerfield. He has great speed and instincts in the field. Hes known to get a great jump on most balls.

Projection: The organization was extremely impressed by Maybin during the instructional league season. He displayed maturity well beyond his years, and worked hard to fit in with his new teammates. The Tigers know Cameron is a special talent, and they are likely to be aggressive with him, pushing him to West Michigan for his first taste of pro ball. The Midwest League should prove a nice challenge for Maybin, but if he hits well, don’t be at all surprised if he gets a shot at Lakeland late in the summer. Cameron will be pushed aggressively if his play warrants it, and don’t be surprised if he surfaces at Comerica Park for a sneak preview sometime in the 2007 season.

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