Coming Soon to a Ballpark Near You: Cameron Maybin

Name: Cameron Maybin
Team: Florida Marlins
DOB: April 4, 1987
Drafted: 1st Round (#10 overall), 2005 by the Detroit Tigers.
Acquired: Traded by the Detroit Tigers with Andrew Miller, Mike Rabelo, Dallas Trahern, Eulogio De La Cruz, and Burke Badenhop to the Florida Marlins for Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera.
Awards: 2004 Baseball America Youth Player of the Year; 2006 Future Games Selection.


Maybin was pretty well known coming out of high school in North Carolina; he was on traveling baseball teams and was named the Youth Player of the Year by Baseball America in 2004. He was considered on of the top talents available in the 2005 draft; he was ranked the 3rd best prospect in the draft.

The Tigers selected him 10th overall; he dropped because many teams were concerned with his signing demands. Negotiations between Maybin and the Tigers were long and hard; it got so bad that Tiger’s owner Mike Ilitch pulled his contract offer off the table. After 4 months of nothing, the 2 sides came to an agreement on a $2.65MM signing bonus. Maybin had missed the minor league season at this point.

He began his pro career in 2006 with the Lo A West Michigan Whitecaps. He spent the season here, where he batted .304, stole 27 bases, and helped the Whitecaps with the Midwest League Championship. He was selected for the mid-season Futures Game and won the Class A Playoff Performer Award.

After a strong first season, Maybin was promoted to the Hi A Lakeland Flying Tigers. He continued to develop and earned a promotion in August to the Double A Erie Seawolves. A week after the promotion, the Tigers had Maybin jump to the Major League team. After an 0-4 MLB debut, Maybin got his first hit, home run, hit by pitch, and stolen base against Roger Clemens. He spent the rest of the season with the Tigers.

On December 5, the Tigers did something no one expected – they traded Maybin, along with 5 other prospects, for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. Maybin’s name had been on the trading block for a while, but he was considered untouchable (Washington attempted to get Maybin for Alfonso Soriano).

The Marlins had Maybin start the season with Double A Carolina Mudcats.

Rookie Cards (base):
2004 Bowman Chrome Draft AFLAC Cameron Maybin 11
2005 Justifiable 06 Preview Cameron Maybin 14
2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects Cameron Maybin BC113
2006 Bowman Draft Future’s Game Prospects Cameron Maybin 16
2006 Bowman Heritage Prospects Cameron Maybin 4
2006 Just Autographs Cameron Maybin 40
2006 TriStar Prospects Plus Cameron Maybin PD 49