On Saturday afternoon, the Padres dealt young right handers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica to the Marlins for young, talented outfielder Cameron Maybin. The Padres went into their deepest position and talent to cover one of their needs this off-season.
Maybin was drafted 10th overall out of high school by the Detroit Tigers in 2005. He was the 2004 baseball america high school player of the year. He had fantastic success in the Minor Leagues, but has struggled in 548 career big league at bats.
Maybin has loads of potential, and I’m talking all star potential. He has all 5 tools, but they are very raw, as you can expect. He is only 23 years old. If he did not enter the draft out of high school and went to college instead, in 2011 he will only be in his 2nd pro season.
There are a few flaws in Maybin’s game, though. Cam has trouble making contact as a big league ballplayer. He only makes contact 81 percent of the time when the ball is in the strike zone, compared to the league average of 88 percent. His defense is sometimes suspect, but he has loads of range. Maybin also has a 3.10 range factor last year, highest in the big leagues.
Now let’s take a look at this deal from a Marlins perspective. It’s apparent that they wanted to rid of any thing that had to do with the Miguel Cabrera blockbuster they pulled off a few years ago, as they also dealt Andrew Miller earlier this week. What the Marlins got were 2 good, solid bullpen arms for Maybin. Ryan Webb has nasty stuff, and will fit in well for the Marlins. Mujica has trouble giving up home runs, but overall he is a solid pitcher.
My take? I think the Padres got a steal. They didn’t deal from their core bullpen guys, and they got a great talent in return. The upside is HUGE with Cameron Maybin. If you look at his stats, you may go, “eh.” But he is only 23 years old. A great talent, and if he can put it together and grow into a big league ballplayer with the Padres, it’ll pay some pretty huge dividends. Time will only tell if this trade was successful or not, but right now, I like it.
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