Projected Round: Final rounds to undrafted
In early 2007 Cameron Maybin was a can't-miss 19-year-old outfield prospect in the Detroit Tigers farm system, earning a late season call-up in which he showed flashes of his amazing potential.
In fact, he was so can't-miss that he was THE player the Marlins coveted in the deal that sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit.
After late season call-ups in 2008 and 2009, Maybin enjoyed a solid spring training, and the Marlins named him their center fielder for the start of the 2010 campaign, just days after he turned 23. The season proved a disaster, as Maybin struggled, ultimately spending the season bouncing back and forth between the majors and minors.
While there is really no disputing Cameron Maybin's skill set, it's the strikeouts and the contact rates that had the Marlins concerned, so during the offseason they shipped him to the Padres in exchange for bullpen help. Petco Park is far from a hitter's paradise, but hopefully the change in venue will do Maybin some good.
The Marlins are notorious for rushing players to the big leagues, and the organization and the fans were determined that he would be a superstar from day one. That's a lot of pressure for a 23-year-old. At the start of the season Maybin will be just 24 and playing for his third team.
The Padres will urge him to use his speed to his advantage, a huge asset in cavernous Petco Park. They see Maybin as a leadoff hitter and starting center fielder. While the home runs will come in time, it's really the steals that should interest you. The Padres will be looking to manufacture runs and will surely be giving him the green light from day one.
I'm betting that with the pressure off a bit Maybin can improve his contact rate and get his average up around .260, or perhaps even better. Keep in mind that Maybin is a career .305 hitter over 418 minor league games. If that's the case, he could easily steal 30 bases or more and top 15 home runs.
This season isn't likely to be All-Star-caliber, but if you can grab the kind of speed/power combination that Maybin has in the final rounds of your draft, especially in a keeper or dynasty league (if his owner has given up on him), the pick could be very rewarding.