Angels Player Profile: Cameron Maybin

Updated: November 4, 2016

It is Day One of the MLB offseason and the Angels are already making moves. Out of nowhere, the Angels have acquired OF Cameron Maybin from Detroit Tigers in exchange for RHP Victor Alcantara, who pitched for the Arkansas Travelers, the Angels’ AA affiliate, last season. In addition, the Angels are exercising Maybin’s option of $9,000,000 for next season.

All around social media, fans are thrilled about the pickup, but they don’t know much about Maybin. Other than the fact that Maybin is an Angel and will likely play left field in 2017, who really is the Angels’ newest pickup?

Coming from Asheville, North Carolina, Maybin played high school baseball at T.C. Roberson High School and received a majority of awards and honors, including Baseball America’s 2004 Youth Player of the Year. After high school, he was one of the top prospects entering the 2005 MLB Draft, and the Tigers picked him as the 10th pick in the draft. Quickly after being drafted, he worked his way up from the minors and made his MLB debut at the age of 20, which made him the youngest player in the AL.

After a short stint with the Tigers, Maybin and a few other players, including Andrew Miller, were traded to the Florida Marlins for Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera. From 2008-2010, Maybin spent a lot of time in the minors due to his mediocre play for the Marlins. Since he never found his groove in Florida, the Marlins shipped him away to the San Diego Padres, where he played from 2011-2014. The 2011 season was fantastic for him, as he stole 40 bases and batted .264 in 137 games.

After the 2013 season was lost to injury, Maybin had trouble getting back to where he was in 2011. The Padres traded him to the Atlanta Braves in 2015, but that didn’t last long as he made his way back to the Tigers at the end of 2015.

Although injuries took him out of baseball for a little while, Maybin had a great 2016 season for the Tigers. In 94 games, he batted .315 with 65 runs and 43 RBIs. According to Fangraphs, his wOBA (Weighted On Base Average) of .352 was above average, which shows that he is definitely an upgrade in left field for the Angels.

Overall Consensus of the Pickup: Although Alcantara was one of the better prospects in the farm system, the Angels desperately needed to upgrade left field.

The problem with Maybin is that he is known to be prone to injury, but he will help the Angels immensely if he can stay healthy. His athleticism, speed, and batting skills are much-needed in order to improve this ball club. With this addition, the Angels can focus on fixing other areas in need of improvement, such as second base and the rotation.

Jake Wilson is a Staff Writer at Halo Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter

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