Position: Outfielder Height: 6-3 Weight: 200
Born: 4/4/1987 Bats: Right Throws: Right
The Tigers top pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Maybin is one of those rare high school talents that people talk about for years. Coming out of TC Roberson High School, Maybin holds more school records than you can actually list here. He also holds the North Carolina state record for career batting average, ending his career hitting over .600. Despite a commitment to play baseball at South Carolina, there was almost no doubt he would turn pro. In the days leading up to the draft, Maybin's stock was falling due to unfounded concerns over his signability. Rumors were circulating that Maybin's asking price was far higher than post-draft indications are showing. Widely considered one of the top three talents in the entire draft, the Tigers appear to have gotten a steal with this selection.
The term "5-tool talent" is often tossed around far too much, but when used in reference to Cameron Maybin, it should be taken seriously. Maybin possesses speed, power, defensive prowess, a strong arm, and the ability to hit for average. Scouts believe Maybin has the speed and instincts to man centerfield at the Major League level, even in the vast expanses of "Comerica National Park." At the plate, Cameron commands the zone reasonably well for a young player and shows the raw skills to become a patient hitter who works counts in his favor. His long, wiry frame has incredible, raw power potential that could develop quickly given his advanced physical state. Maybin may struggle at first with seeing professional caliber breaking pitches day in and day out, but if he can adjust to his increased competition, he has the chance to move quickly. While comparisons are always hard to make, and often even harder to believe, Maybin is considered to have the overall ceiling of Vlad Guerrero.
Performance Year Team AB AVG 2B HR RBI R SB SLG% 2004
Maybin has not experienced any major injuries to this point in his young career.
As the organization works to sign Maybin, the Detroit fan base sits in anticipation of seeing this young prodigy play. Cameron will likely report to the Gulf Coast League upon signing and he could very well dominate, forcing the Tigers to push him to Oneonta this year. Maybin has an insatiable appetite for the game of baseball, and wants to move quickly through the system. His ascension up the ranks will hinge squarely on his ability to consistently hit/layoff quality breaking pitches. If he can do this, his talent could carry him up the organizational ladder in a hurry. The Tigers have not had a position prospect of this caliber in decades, and he should be fun to watch.