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  1. To me it appears Maybin might be the second coming of Preston Wilson, albeit much better with the glove and a little less pop. He already is worthwhile of an everyday CF position based off his glove alone. IMO SD got an absolute steal here, Ryan Webb has been nothing less than awful away from the friendly confines of Petco and Mujica’s HR/9 In is so alarming I struggle to believe he will have any kind of a career., especially away from SD.

    This might be one of the worst trades in recent memory when all is said and done.

    Comment by PL — November 15, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

  2. “If Maybin can get his contact rate down to a more manageable 25 percent or so…”

    I think you might have meant whiff rate?

    If his Bill James predictions are to be believed, a .344 wOBA isn’t too shabby!

    Comment by Matthias — November 15, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

  3. Bill James predictions are always too high.

    Comment by JH — November 15, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

  4. Just like me.

    Comment by R M — November 15, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

  5. James is predicting a .351 BABIP AND the improved contact rate.

    It’s not quite fair to completely through out the K rate data from what is basically a full season of minor league data the past two years, but it’s definitely dwarfed by the fact that it’s been around 30% everywhere else in his pro career.

    Comment by cpebbles — November 15, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

  6. I thought his glove, like several other modern CFs, was mostly due to his athletic ability, and that like an Adam Jones or Matt Kemp, Maybin was awful getting reads off the bat. If so, I wouldn’t be sure he’ll pan out just yet.

    I also think he could benefit with a full year in AAA. He has no more than 120 games at any minor league level, and hasn’t spent a full season anywhere in his professional career. I’m of the opinion that a full season with a good coach in AAA could do wonders for helping him realize his potential. Any chance the Padres let Gwynn Jr or Venebles go for a year with Maybin taking over in September, or in 2012?

    Comment by Mr. Sanchez — November 15, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

  7. The K’s are only part of the story. Maybin has always been an extreme ground ball hitter. Between the GB’s and the K’s, his opportunities to get XBH’s are miniscule.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — November 15, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

  8. I’m sure he could, but pretty sure Maybin is out of options. He’ll be the everyday CF.

    Comment by Dan Greer — November 15, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

  9. pretty sure Maybin is out of options, so he’ll only be in the minors if he clears waivers iirc.

    Comment by dan woytek — November 15, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

  10. “only needs to improve in one area”

    hitting.

    Comment by ian — November 15, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

  11. Speaking of Detroit Tiger center fielders, is Austin Jackson a good comp?

    Comment by Alex Remington — November 15, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

  12. I think it’s really hard to compare Jackson to anyone until we see where he BABIP lands when it finishes it’s tumble from .398.

    Comment by snapper — November 15, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

  13. How’s is Maybin’s defense?

    Is it possible that he could be a Mike Cameron-type, i.e. – high strikeouts but overall reasonable offensive production combined with above-average to stellar defense?

    Comment by Anthony — November 16, 2010 @ 3:05 am

  14. It strikes me that cutting down on massive strikeout totals is not such a simple task. Low K’s in the minors and huge K’s in the majors probably means he has a terrible time picking up breaking balls and/or getting the bat to them.

    Comment by Patrick G — November 16, 2010 @ 3:55 am

  15. He hasn’t had enough major league experience to really evaluate his true defensive level. As for becoming a Mike Cameron, he would have to start knocking the ball past more fences.

    Comment by Patrick G — November 16, 2010 @ 3:57 am

  16. I know RBI isn’t a terribly useful evaluation tool, but if Maybin has a 140 RBI season I will crap in a hat and eat it.

    Comment by Vinny — November 16, 2010 @ 6:17 am

  17. Mike Cameron had had to start knocking the ball past more fences after his first 600 big-league at-bats to become a Mike Cameron too…

    Comment by david — November 16, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

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