It may seem like Cameron Maybin(notes) is already a confirmed fantasy bust, but that's only because the hype preceded the production by a few years. (Um ... my bad. Sorry). He's still just 23. This season, unlike last year, the early returns are promising.
Maybin stole another base on Sunday (his third) and went 2-for-4 against Cole Hamels(notes), raising his average to .309. He's hitting at the top of Florida's lineup, and he's scored at least one run in 10 of his 13 games. Nonetheless, he's only owned in 21 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
You'll recall that Maybin made his MLB debut with Detroit back in 2007, promptly homered off Roger Clemens, then basically spent the next three years striking out. He was dealt to Florida in the Miguel Cabrera(notes) trade, but failed to distinguish himself in the majors, except in September cameos. Maybin opened the 2009 season with the Marlins, but was demoted to Triple-A in May after hitting .202/.280/.310 over his first 26 games.
Things have come together nicely in 2010, however. Johan Santana(notes) made Maybin look silly on opening day (0-for-3 with 3 Ks), but he's reached base safely in every game thereafter. Maybin entered last season (and the prior season) ranked among the top 10 prospects in the game by Baseball America, and his minor league track record tells you that he's a 15/25 sort of talent.
Don't let him sit there in your free agent pool, un-owned. Maybin has a much higher fantasy ceiling than almost anyone in the 20-60 percent ownership range. Go get him. Drop any other Marlins outfielder. Or drop Reimold (39 percent owned), Drew (39), Teahen (38), Hart (34), DeJesus (34), Schumaker (32), Cameron (24) or Byrd (23). When players like Maybin show signs of breaking out, mixed leaguers have to be willing to launch their less-interesting roster decorations.
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