The Detroit Tigers have purchased the contract of outfielder Cameron Maybin from Double-A Erie.
Maybin is widely considered to be the top prospect in the Tigers' organization. He was selected by the Tigers with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 MLB First Year Player Draft. He started the year at Class A Lakeland, where he hit .304 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 83 games. He was called up to Erie last week and hit .400 (8-for-20) with four home runs and eight RBI in six games. Maybin would have participated in the All-Star Futures Game in San Francisco last month but had to miss it due to a shoulder injury.
Maybin should be picked up immediately in dynasty, full-retention keeper and AL-Only leagues. In deeper leagues, he is worth taking a flier on based on his potential alone. It's unlikely that he will play every day, at least right away. In shallow leagues, unless you have dead weight on your roster, he probably isn't worth an immediate waiver addition. Maybin has the ability to be a perennial All-Star, and the Tigers obviously have confidence that he will be able to produce for them as they make a playoff push. Maybin is a fairly balanced prospect and should be able to contribute in stolen bases (he had 25 in Lakeland) early on. If he continues the power surge he displayed in Erie - four home runs in six games - he might be able to boost your power numbers as well. He struck out 89 times in his 316 minor league at-bats this year, so his lack of patience will hurt his chances to hit for average.
To clear space for Maybin, the Tigers designated outfielder Craig Monroe for assignment. Though Monroe is currently having a down season - he was hitting .222 and 11 home runs in 99 games - he is only a year removed from a career season, as he hit .255 and 28 home runs in 2006. He should find another home by the end of the season, although that doesn't make him worth fantasy consideration.
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