Cameron Maybin had a rough first couple of weeks at Lakeland, but since then he’s been pretty hot. For the season, he’s hitting .321/.437/.481 and while the homeruns aren’t there, he’s been scoring runs like a mad man and he has 35 in just 44 games. He’s 15 for 19 in stolen base attempts, and 14 of his hits have been for extra bases.
The problem is, the Tigers now have some depth in centerfield. While not the same caliber as Maybin, Gorkys Hernandez has put up very good numbers at West Michigan. He’s five months younger then Maybin and he’s tearing up the Midwest league to the tune of .315/.379/.406 and like Maybin, the power isn’t there but a 26/13 strikeout to walk ratio isn’t that bad for a guy playing his first full season in the minors.
You also have Maybin’s teammate, Ovandy Suero. He leads the minor leagues with 35 stolen bases and while the kid has no pop (his ISO is .009), he’s a switch hitter who can fly. Other then the complete lack of power, the knock on Suero is, while he’s hitting .291, he’s doing it as someone who will be turning 25 next month and is still playing High A ball.
And then there’s Brent Clevlen, although he’s once again strugging in at Toledo (.207/.296/.296). Although he’s shown flashes, he’s probably pretty far down on the centerfield depth chart list. Clevlen reminds me of Eric Munson. He’ll give you flashes to let you know there’s something there, but you usually won’t be able to give the guy a chance because just as often, he’s not producing.
So you have two top prospects in Hernandez and Maybin and two fringe ones in Suero and Clevlen. And we haven’t even gotten to the current Tiger centerfielder, Curtis Granderson, who has 30 extra base hits already this year and while Granderson is striking out like he did last year, you can live with those if he can keep up the .583 slugging percentage. And Granderson is only 26 so he could be around for quite some time.
Bottom line, with all of the centerfielders, would you consider trading Cameron Maybin? Just to speculate, the Reds are in last place so I have a feeling that Adam Dunn might be on the block. If we could package Maybin and maybe Mike Maroth for Dunn, it would go a long way towards boosting the offense with Andrew Miller in the wings waiting for a spot on the rotation. I’d like to see what Maybin can do in Double A though. If he gets promoted this year and lights up Double A as a twenty year old, he’s probably a keeper. But then there’s always the chance that Maybin’s trade value is as high as it’s ever been.