It seems as though Cameron Maybin is older than he really is, but he turns 30 early into the 2017 season. In 2016, he attempted to pick up where he left off in 2015, but issues with his wrist, quad, and thumb throughout the season limited him to 391 plate appearances. When he did play, he hit a career-high .315 while also setting a career-high walk rate and slugging percentage. Maybin also scored 65 times despite the limited playing time thanks to a .383 on base percentage. With a career 2.14 GB/FB ratio that is showing no sign of dropping in recent seasons, a return to double-digit homers is unlikely. Health is the big issue here as it's holding him back from maximizing on his production during his peak years. Of course, health does not improve with age, but he managed to rack up 555 plate appearances in 2015 with Atlanta, which is likely his ceiling even as an everyday player for the Angels after he was acquired from the Tigers in November.
Maybin went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Monday. The veteran outfielder returned to the lineup after getting a day off Sunday, a trend that has been happening twice a week on average this season. Maybin hasn't done much with his bat early on (.204/.295/.296), but he is beginning to provide some fantasy value with two steals over his last two starts. If he can raise his batting average and match or surpass last year's total of 15 steals, then the 30-year-old could restore his standard-league status; as of right now, he is only providing value to those in deeper formats.
Maybin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Maybin had started each of the last five games in left field, going 3-for-19 with two walks and a stolen base. Despite Maybin's underwhelming numbers, it seems that manager Mike Scioscia is committed to sticking with the 30-year-old as the team's regular option in left field, though he'll likely surrender a few starts to Ben Revere each week.
Manager Mike Scioscia said that Maybin will still see the lion's share of starts in left field, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Everything seemed fine when Maybin got a day off on Sunday, but when Scioscia benched him for the second game in a row Monday, rumblings of a timeshare with Ben Revere began to gain ground. The Angels' manager dismissed those thoughts, stating that he is simply "mixing and matching a little bit until some of our guys get comfortable." Maybin has gotten off to a slow start this season, slashing a meager .212/.297/.333 through nine games, but with Scioscia giving him a vote of confidence, it appears that he will simply miss a couple games a week in certain matchups as opposed to a strict platoon with Revere.
Maybin is not in the lineup Monday against the Astros. Maybin will ride the pine for the second straight game as Ben Revere is deployed in left field. The 30-year-old has struggled to reach base consistently this season (.297 OBP), opening the door for Revere to possibly win a timeshare in left field.
Maybin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Maybin continues to see the bulk of the starts in left field over Ben Revere, but he'll give way to the speedster for the series finale. It may not be long before left field turns into more of a timeshare between the two, however, as Maybin has posted a weak .297 on-base percentage over 37 plate appearances while striking out 10 times.
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