I like what I’ve seen from Maybin so far. I knew he had a history of striking out quite a bit but ever since Buddy put him in leadoff, he seems to have figured out why patience is so important on that spot….if anything batting him first has FORCED him to take more pitches…and overall I think its gonna help his BA in the long run. At the end of the day with all his tools on display he is our most talented Guy. I don’t know what that says about the rest of the guys on the 25 man roster but it is what it is.
Comment by DonCoburleone — April 26, 2011 @ 4:58 pm
I love what Jed Hoyer has done since taking over for the Padres. He did the extemely unpopular (but inevitable) move of trading Adrian Gonzalez while still getting (hopefully) 90 cents on the dollar. Then he took the Padres strength (bullpen) and traded for “Mike” Cameron Maybin who, as you’ve just shown, has been better than expected.. And the other thing he’s doing (which he talked about on the local radio show extensively in the offseason) is how he is emphasizing the great pitching environment that is Petco to all free agent pitchers. Example #1 is Aaron Harang who turned down more money and years from other teams because Hoyer convinced him to come to Petco and re-establish his value. Now that is what the Padre GM SHOULD be doing. I love it and hopefully this leads to success for Hoyer and the Pads.
Comment by DonCoburleone — April 26, 2011 @ 5:12 pm
Well, Maybin’s ground ball rate is significantly down this year, and his LD% is up. You could say “sample size, he’ll regress”, or you could say “he’s finally realizing his potential”. Time will tell. It’s not like he’s a 28 or 29 year old with an extensive track record. He’s 24 years old, and only had 600 major league PAs scattered across four seasons in two different leagues coming into 2011. He’s always shown above average power in the minor leagues, and I don’t see a good reason why he can’t develop that at the major league level as well, especially as he enters his physical prime.
Me too. Except can’t really fault Anthopolous for the majority of his off-season moves. He somehow managed to move one of the worst contracts in baseball. A contract considered untradeable by everyone except the Angels. It didn’t matter what they got back. The salary relief was enough.
“Beware of sample sizes! Like with any defensive statistic, you should always use three years of UZR data before trying to draw any conclusions on the true talent level of a fielder.”
What’s the point of using UZR statistic as “evidence” that he’s good at defense when it takes 3 years of sample to draw any conclusion from it? You can tell from watching him play that he’s a good defender… Is UZR a statistic that quantifies what has happened? Such as RBIs, HRs, Doubles etc?
Jeff Francouer becomes worth it if they can con a team in believing he’s really “turned the corner” and trade him for any legitimate prospects. As for Maybin even if he regresses he’s a huge offensive upgrade over Tony Gwynn Jr. who they likely would have retained as their starter had they not gotten Maybin. I’ll trade two middle relievers for an upgrade in my every day lineup any day.
Patience was not his problem. Look at his minor league walk rates.
Comment by Dandy Salderson — April 27, 2011 @ 1:27 pm
From Asheville: I have watched Maybin’s Ups @ downs in the
majors. The 24 year old is maturing into a solid player. He has
a team at San Diego that will give him a chance, and guidance.
He will continue to struggle at the plate. But, if he can finish the
year injury free, at 270+ average. This would be a major jump