The reverberations were still being felt all around baseball on Tuesday due to the massive news that Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout would miss the next 6-8 weeks due to a torn thumb ligament that required surgery. As a result of Trout's absence, fellow outfielder Cameron Maybin will shift to centerfield for the Angels; putting more of a spotlight on what has been a nice season so far for the perennially intriguing but also habitually underperforming speedster. Now a veteran at the age of 30 and onto his fifth MLB team (in addition to serving 2 stints with the Detroit Tigers), Maybin is looking to continue building on some solid offensive numbers out of the leadoff spot for the team. While Maybin can't hold Trout's jock when it comes to impact, he still has become a help this season in fantasy baseball with the following numbers going into Tuesday's games:
Looking at the numbers, Maybin has garnered OF 3 value given his leadoff numbers and for the help he has supplied in runs and especially stolen bases. Maybin has speed to burn and the running game has always been his greatest strength in fantasy baseball. Operating out of the leadoff spot will continue to supply running chances for Maybin and also the ability to collect runs. He also has shown capability as a 10-home run or so guy; eliminating the designation of simply being a speedy specialist. Of course the downside with Maybin has always been his batting average and this is something which continues to be a problem given his .242 mark. While Maybin has been a big negative in that area in the past, this season he has been more unlucky with a .289 BABIP. That BABIP is very low for a speedy guy like Maybin and considering he also has a tremendous 16.0 BB/9 rate, count on the average rising some as the season moves along. Maybin is a daily starter in fantasy baseball given his present production and things should get even better when the average comes around. Buy in fully what we are seeing at this juncture from Maybin and plant him firmly in your OF 3 slot for the foreseeable future.