Prospect Profile: Cameron Maybin

Maybin is one of the most purely talented players the Tigers have had in recent memory. After a long contract negotiation, both fans and Tiger brass alike are anxious to see what this youngster can show during his first season. Look out as Maybin bursts on the scene in 2006.

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

Background
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 holds the South Carolina state record for career batting average, ending his career hitting over .600. Despite a commitment to play baseball at the University of 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. Maybin signed too late to play in any of their minor leagues this season, but did report (and impressed) in instructional league.

Scouting Report
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." Even as Maybin adds additional muscle and weight, he should be able to maintain most of his top notch speed, allowing him to remain a centerfielder. 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

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

AVG

SLG

2005

TC Roberson HS

67

57

42

11

1

14

36

.627

1.448


Health Record
Maybin has not experienced any major injuries to this point in his young career.

The Future
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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