New York Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin deserves more credit for his play in 2019. He came in to fill gaps created by injuries, then got injured himself before returning about a month ago.
Maybin is by no means a star, but he has been very solid overall. He is very fast, meaning he can steal bags and cover a lot of ground in the outfield. His speed makes his defense good.
Entering Wednesday’s game, he’s batting .308 in 60 games for the Yankees, well above his .257 career average. Prior to this season, he was no more than an average outfielder for an average team.
He started the year in AAA with the Cleveland Indians, so he must of really tweaked a lot of his swing.
Maybin also has eight home runs, but four of them were in consecutive games. He has 26 runs batted in, and an OBP near .400.
Over the last few weeks, Maybin’s average has dropped a bit, but that is likely the cause of inconsistent at-bats. He was his absolute best when he was playing every day, but isn’t as sharp only playing a few days a week.
It would be great if the Yankees could hold on to him for a few more years. I love Gardner, but it’s time for the Yankees to part ways with him. Imagine a five man outfield of Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton, Maybin, and Mike Tauchman. Having all five of those guys healthy and on your roster would definitely win a lot of ball games for the Yankees.