Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Cameron Maybin

by Keith Hernandez on June 22, 2012 @ 12:24:33 PDT's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait or worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

Cameron Maybin pressing

San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin
Maybin stuck in neutral

You've heard the age-old adage: Speed never slumps. With Maybin it hasn't; he has 14 stolen bases and could easily match or top his career high of 40 last year in his first full major league season. The problem is he's hitting only .210 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 261 plate appearances with the San Diego Padres.

The 25-year-old Maybin made noticeable gains in contact last year and displayed signs of pop that are encouraging for future power growth. That may still be a ways off, though; denting the dirt at a 56.8 percent clip - not terrible, since it allows him to use his elite speed - limits his power.

Also not working in his favor: the unfriendly hitting confines of PETCO Park and the fickle Friars' lineup surrounding him. Maybin has upped his fly balls slightly again this year, but a 5.8 HR/FB ratio has so far suppressed his yard-leaving total. Even if his HR/FB takes a jump, don't expect the RBIs to come in this lineup, especially while hitting near the top of the order.

Maybin admits that he hasn't felt right all year, and his horrendous recent road trip (4-for-29) has led him to the video room, where he's adamant about getting back to his 2011 self. As Corey Brock's piece reveals, Maybin thinks he may have entered the year trying to change too much, including tinkering with a leg kick.

His current BABIP (.254) sits well below his career norm (.317), so expect some positive regression in that category. Maybin has increased his plate discipline this year, too, walking a tad more and cutting back on his strikeouts, another reason to be optimistic for a turnaround. Known as a free swinger in the past, he's drastically cut down on his overall hacks, notably swinging at fewer pitches outside the strike zone.

From the looks of things, Maybin has been pretty unlucky in the hits department. It was optimistic to assume his power would take another step up in just his second full season - stay tuned on that front. His on-base percentage has suffered due to a low hit rate, so as the hits start to fall more often, more stolen bases will come. He's efficient on the base paths, too, only being caught three times in 17 attempts.

If Maybin's owner is set in stolen bases, he may be growing tired of his lacking stats in the other counting cats. Put in a call if you have to, at least you know you'll be getting the elite speed that comes with him.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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