Can Cameron Maybin Shine in September?

Florida Marlins Cameron Maybin shakes his fist as he crosses home plate following a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 19, 2010. Florida defeated St. Louis 5-1. UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt Photo via Newscom

Since being anointed as on of the best prospects in the game from 2006 to the start of 2009, Cameron Maybin has done nothing but frustrate fantasy owners who continually took a chance on his breakout potential. Still, there’s a chance he can help your team down the stretch.

 

Maybin has 489 career major league plate appearances and a .246/.311/.376 line with 10 home runs and 16 stolen bases. needless to say. his time with the Marlins has been largely a disappointment. Most of that disappointment stems from the pressure of being THE name acquired for Miguel Cabrera. He’s still only 23-years-old.

 
After struggling once again to start 2010, Maybin was demoted to triple-A and has missed time there with a shoulder injury.
 
After some rest, Maybin came back to the field with a positive approach and put up a .307/.407/.508 line at triple-A with a decent 0.54 BB/K ratio. Sure, part of that success is due to a .392 BABIP and a small 130 at-bat sample size, but the approach was there and could translate into success in September.
 
With Cody Ross now out of town, the Marlins have called upon Maybin once again. He is expected to man centerfield and bat leadoff the rest of the season. This could be huge news for fantasy owners in need of some runs doen the stretch with the potential for a hand full of stolen bases as well.
 
Hanley Ramirez is going to be moved back to the three-hole with Uggla, Stanton and Gabby Sanchez backing him up. If Maybin gets on base, even if it’s via a lucky BABIP, he’ll score plenty of runs.
 
While I believe the chances of Maybin “breaking out” are very slim, I have to look at this from a, “What’s left out there?” point of view. At this point in the season, any upside from the free agent wire is worth a serious look.Maybin hitting leadoff in that lineup represents some nice upside. This may seem like a departure from the stat heavy analysis found here on most days, but sometimes you have to throw out the numbers, cross your fingers and hope for the best.