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Cameron Maybin feasting away from Petco Park

May 13, 2011, 11:58 PM EDT

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Cameron Maybin isn’t exactly taking to San Diego just yet, but he does appear to be fulfilling his potential with the Padres after coming from the Marlins for a pair of relievers over the winter.

Maybin went 4-for-4 with two homers Friday against the Rockies at Coors Field, giving him five homers and a .273/.348/.453 line this season.  His OPS is 40 points higher than that of the Padres’ second-best regular (the currently DL’d Nick Hundley).

Maybin has been a typical Padre at Petco Park this year, hitting .213/.298/.320 compared to the team’s overall line of .206/.288/.317.   On the road, though, it’s been a different story.   After Friday’s game, he’s batting .344/.408/.609 in 64 at-bats in away games.  He’s driven in 10 runs and scored 16 in 17 games.

Perhaps Maybin won’t maintain his current pace, but it looks like the Padres made a great trade to bring him to town.  Losing Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica in the deal with the Marlins hasn’t hurt the bullpen at all, and Maybin has far more offensive upside than last year’s center fielder, Tony Gwynn Jr.  Maybin is just 24, and while he’s always struck out a ton, he has plenty of power, he’ll take a walk and he’s an asset on the basepaths.  Defensively, he’s a notch below the elite, but he’s above average in center field.  The talent is there for him to go to All-Star Games in his prime.

  1. icanspeel - May 14, 2011 at 2:40 AM

    It’s still early, but I think 1 of the few good moves made by the Padres in the off season. They gave away 2 easily replaced relievers and have big potential in Maybin who has showed off his power and speed thusfar

  2. micker716 - May 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    I only disagree with the assertion that he’ s a notch below the elite defensively. I haven’t seen any other centerfielders cover as much turf as Maybin. Even when he’s not hitting at Petco, his defense is still a huge asset.

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