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Cameron Keith Maybin

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Outfielder Cameron Maybin, born in 1987, was the youngest player in the American League in 2007.

Maybin was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Bill Buck and made his pro debut the next year with the West Michigan Whitecaps, hitting .304 with 9 homers, 69 RBIs, and 27 stolen bases for the club. Maybin was picked for the 2007 Futures Game but an injured shoulder kept him out of the contest; Jacoby Ellsbury took his spot. He was called up to Detroit a few weeks later and made his debut on August 17th.

Maybin's first career major league home run came against Roger Clemens. This was the first home run ever where the batter had been born after the pitcher's first Cy Young Award.

In December, Maybin was traded with Andrew Miller, Mike Rabelo, Eulogio De La Cruz, Dallas Trahern and Burke Badenhop to the Florida Marlins in a blockbuster deal for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. While he was expected to become a regular with the Marlins, it didn't pan out. He played most of 2008 in the minors. He hit .277 in 108 games for the Jacksonville Suns of the Southern League, but was an outstanding 16 for 32 in 8 games in Florida. In 2009, he played 54 major league games, but hit only .250 with 13 RBI. At AAA New Orleans, he hit a solid .319 in 82 games. He suffered a setback in 2010, missing time with an injury after beginning the season as the Fisgh's starter in centerfield. He hit poorly and then went back to New Orleans for 33 games, where he hit .338. However, he also missed almost all of July with a sprained left shoulder, then came back to the National League in late August. He spent 82 games in the majors overall, but hit only .234. By then the Marlins were chock full of good young outfielders, with Logan Morrison, Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton all competing for playing time. After the season, the Marlins traded Maybin to the San Diego Padres for Ps Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb.

In 2011, Maybin was named the Padres' team MVP. He hit .264 with 9 homers, 40 RBI and 40 stolen bases while playing an excellent defensive centerfield in his first full season as a regular, when he played 137 games and had 568 plate appearances. Before the 2012 season, the Padres signed him to a 5-year $25 million contract. However, he regressed significantly in the deal's first season, falling to .243/.306/.349 in 147 games. he scored 67 runs after having scored 82 the year before, and fell from 40 to 26 stolen bases. He then lost almost all of the 2013 season to injuries, being limited to 13 games in which he went 8 for 51 (.157). The injuries included a wrist problem, which required surgery after the season, and a torn ligament in his left knee. He was hoping to come back in 2014 but suffered another setback on March 2nd when he injured his shoulder in making a diving catch in a spring training game. He had to undergo an MRI and the initial reading was that he would be out for two to three months with a biceps tendon injury.

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