The Marlins are not favoring well in their trade with Detroit last year. Sure, Dontrelle Willis has melted down but Miguel Cabrera continues to produce. In return, the Marlins were hoping to reap from the potentials of Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin.
Both were excellent prospects coming out of the Detroit system that filled immediate needs – CF and a starting pitcher. Yet neither have lived up to the hopes of the Marlins front office so far. The question is, will they ever? Is it too soon to cast judgement on this deal?
The good thing is both are young. Maybin is only 22 right now and just isn’t ready to play everyday at the next level. His strike recognition and knowledge of what to do at the plate are not quite there yet. He has great defensive ability, great range and a good arm. But his offense needs to get better. He has been labeled a 5 tool player, but does he really look like a candidate to hit in the .300s? Not at this point.
Sporting a .202 average with 31 Ks in 84 ABs shows him to be lost. With only 8 walks and 17 hits, his OPS being .589, there is little to build on at the major league level.
Perhaps Maybin really wasn’t read for the show this year and his appearance at the end of last year was a fluke. Not necessarily – Maybin did have 8 Ks in 32 ABs last year, which puts him on pace for what he currently has, but he also amassed 16 hits over that span. Most of those were singles.
A role definition could help Maybin – get him focused on hitting singles and going the other way. Cultivate an awareness for getting on base and not looking to hit bombs. These are things he can work on at the minor league level and perhaps a late season call up will pay off then.
Still, at this point, it doesn’t look like the Marlins are getting what they bargained for.