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Made-to-Order Stars
Albert Chen
March 31, 2008
Five more phenoms from the best draft ever are about to show what all the excitement is about
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March 31, 2008

Made-to-order Stars

Five more phenoms from the best draft ever are about to show what all the excitement is about

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Cameron Maybin

MARLINS :: OUTFIELDER

WHEN ASKED what kind of future he envisions for Maybin, Marlins president Larry Beinfest isn't shy. "We think he can be like Hanley [Ramirez]," he says, referring to Florida's star shortstop. "Great athleticism. Tremendous speed. And like it has for Hanley, the power will come." Obtained in the eight-player deal that sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit in December, the 6'4", 205-pound Maybin was shocked when he heard the news that he'd been traded. "I just shut off my phone," he says. "But the more I thought about it, I realized in Detroit I would be bouncing around. Here, I have a chance to do something special right away."

Last year the Tigers rushed him to Detroit in his second pro season, but after homering off Roger Clemens at Yankee Stadium in his second major league game last August, Maybin had just five hits and struck out 19 times in 43 at bats. This spring Maybin, who will turn 21 in April and still wears braces, has been slowed by a tight left hamstring and on Monday was sent down to Double A, but he has shown impressive flashes when he has played. In one two-game stretch against the Cardinals and the Nationals in mid-March, he hit three homers. "Getting a taste of the majors last year was huge," says Maybin. "Now I know I belong there."

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