Jul 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielder Cameron Maybin (25) waves to the crowd after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Cameron Maybin – Atlanta Braves
Traded to Atlanta in the blockbuster deal that sent Melvin Upton and Craig Kimbrel to San Diego, Cameron Maybin has put together an impressive first half in his first season with the Braves.
The former first-round pick carries a .290/.358/.417 into Saturday’s matchup against the Chicago Cubs and is already knocking on the door of several career-highs – despite being just halfway through the 2015 campaign.
Maybin has never hit 10 home runs in a season. He’s never driven in more than 45 runs either. Suffice to say, he’s one of those former top picks that never really paid off. In fact, the highlights of his big league career so far include the trades he’s been a part of.
In addition to the Kimbrel deal, the outfielder was also included in the 2007 deal that sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Detroit Tigers – ultimately altering that franchise in many ways.
With Atlanta in a self-pronounced rebuild, they should be sellers this July, despite hanging around the .500 mark. A chip like Maybin (who has a full two years of team control left) will never have more value, so expect him to be on the move.
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