His batting average has been frustrating, but that doesn't change the fact that the vast majority of Cameron Maybin's fantasy value lies in his ability to steal bases, a skill that he's actually been quite good at this season. Despite an opportunity-limiting .307 OBP, Maybin has swiped 14 bags and been caught only twice.
He's displayed the ability to steal bases in large quantities, and Maybin has done so as efficiently as anyone in baseball. All he needs is an uptick in opportunity to vault into the Top 30 outfielders, and that uptick is coming.
Maybin's batting average is 48 points lower than it was last year because of bad luck.
Last season, Maybin hit .264, with a BABIP of .331.
This season, with nearly identical batted ball tendencies, Maybin is hitting .216, with a BABIP of .269.
In spite of his horrible luck, Maybin has displayed the best plate discipline of his career, boosting his walk rate to a career-best 10.8 percent.
When his luck turns around, Maybin is going to contribute huge value. If an owner in your league has given up on him, now's the time to pounce.
He's better than: Dee Gordon, Rickie Weeks and Omar Infante