Cameron Maybin was a known commodity heading into the 2017 season. He had speed and flashed occasional power around a slew of injuries. 2016 saw him rake and slash before injuries derailed him yet again. 2017 saw him begin the season with the Angels, hitting .245/.347/.381 in the first half with 25 steals before he once again got hurt -- he dealt with oblique and knee injuries. Once he got healthy, he went .192/.255/.331 the rest of the way with eight steals, but was a national hero when he stole the base in the World Series to get us all free tacos. As it were, he was just one of six guys to steal 30 bases last year and that speed is the one skill we can still count on. If he can get 350 plate appearances, he'll steal at least 15-to-20 bases and has 25-to-30 steal upside. He is a better play in OBP leagues.
Maybin is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers. Maybin will ride the pine for the second time in three games, as manager A.J. Hinch goes with an outfield consisting of Marwin Gonzalez, Tony Kemp and George Springer (from left to right). While Maybin had a good game Tuesday, he's struggled mightily throughout most of September and may very well have played his way out of a postseason starting role.
Maybin went 2-for-4 with three runs, a triple, a homer, three RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Rangers. Maybin did a little bit of everything in the Astros' 14-3 rout of the Rangers. The 30-year-old came home on a triple and an error in his fifth inning "little-league home run" before blasting a more traditional three-run homer in the sixth. The speedy outfielder is hitting just .130 since being acquired by the Astros at the Aug. 31 deadline, but may be heating up at an opportune time as the AL West champs head into the postseason as legitimate title contenders.
Maybin is not in the lineup for Thursday' game against the Angels. Maybin has homered three times since joining the Astros but has just one hit otherwise in 30 at-bats, so he will open on the bench Thursday for the third time in four games.
Maybin entered Wednesday's game as a pinch hitter and went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in a 5-3 win over the Seattle. It looks like Maybin is fitting in nicely with the Astros, homering in three of the last four games while providing late-game heroics the last two nights. His ninth-inning homer Wednesday and a seventh-inning shot Tuesday enabled the Astros to leave Seattle with a sweep. Maybin has appeared in five of six games since he was acquired by the Angels and figures to be in Houston's deep, productive lineup at least five games per week.
Maybin went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run during Sunday's win over the Mets. It's difficult to project Maybin's playing time moving forward, but he should see enough at-bats to remain a serviceable fantasy asset in most settings. Joining a high-octane offense could mitigate any dip in playing time, too. There is also the potential for Maybin to heat up and carve out a near-everyday role over the final weeks.