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6/30/1982 (34 y, 7 m, 25 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 30, Overall: 30, Team: Kansas City Royals
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Maier was assigned to minor league camp Tuesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports. (3/18/2014)
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A Minor Review of '09: Kansas City Royals
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Year in Review:
Maier got cups of coffee with the Royals in 2006 and 2008, but he received his first meaningful playing time in 2009. When Coco Crisp went down with a torn labrum in June, Maier helped cover the void in center field, splitting time with Josh Anderson and Willie Bloomquist. Kansas City’s first-round pick in the 2003 draft didn’t hit with much authority, as Maier’s .088 ISO trailed the infamously powerless Bloomquist’s .090 mark. On the plus side, he did manage to work the count well. The 27-year-old drew a walk in more than 11% of his plate appearances. Maier swiped 40-plus bags in 2004 in A-ball, but he wasn’t much of a stolen-base threat in the upper minors. He did add nine steals in 11 attempts in 2009, however. Maier struggled to fend of fastballs, with one of the 20-lowest run values per 100 pitches against heaters.
The Year Ahead:
The Royals declined Crisp’s option for 2010 but the club then brought in both Scott Podsednik and Rick Ankiel. Those moves kill the playing time projections for the University of Toledo product. He’s certainly not helpless at the plate, but Maier doesn’t really have any one skill that catches your attention. His power is below average. He walked in less than 7% of his plate appearances at the Triple-A level, though his work with the Royals does offer some hope that he’s less of a free swinger now. Maier’s speed is a tick above the norm, but he doesn’t project to steal more than 15 bases. Add it all up, and Maier looks like more of a useful fourth outfielder than starting material. There’s not much upside here. (David Golebiewski)
The Royals keep bringing in stopgap center fielders so that they don’t have to play Mitch “MITCH” Maier, but they never end up being much better than Maier (Gregor Blanco), and most have been worse (Rick Ankiel, Ryan Freel). Maier isn’t much more than a stopgap or fourth outfielder in real baseball, and he doesn’t really have a particular skill that would stand out in most fantasy leagues. His doesn’t steal bases, and despite improving strike-zone judgment, doesn’t have an impressive average. His decent minor-league power hasn’t translated to the Major Leagues, and at this point it is probably time to stop waiting for it. Add in the questions regarding Maier’s role (Gregor Blanco and perhaps organizational favorite Jarrod Dyson are other center-field possibilities for Kansas City) and it adds up to very little fantasy value outside of the deepest leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Maier has the skills to be a solid part-timer or stopgap in the Major Leagues, but they aren’t ones that will help a 5x5 team very much.
Mitch "MITCH" Maier is a favorite among some circles of Royals internet fandom, but do not mistake comedy and parody for fantasy potential. Maier is a servicable fourth outfielder in the Major Leagues, but he really does not walk that much (careful with that 2011 sample size!), has little power, and does not hit for average. Oh, and he only got 113 plate appearances in 2011 despite spending the whole year on the the Major League roster. Assuming the Royals do not find a better or cheaper bench option between now and Opening Day, he might see more time if someone gets hurt or if Lorenzo Cain completely bombs (a distinct possibility), but even then MITCH or someone roughly equivalent should be available on waivers. (Matt Klaasen)
The Quick Opinion:
Incredibly, Mitch Maier may still be on the Royals' roster as a reserve outfielder in 2012. He should not be on yours.
After batting .172 in 32 games for the Royals in 2012, Maier now owns a career .248/.327/.344 slash line at the big league level. Kansas City finally gave him his walking papers and he picked up a minor league deal with the Red Sox shortly thereafter. If he couldn't hold a fourth outfielder job with the Royals, Boston hardly seems like a place where a turnaround will occur. (Howard Bender)
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Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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