Cameron Maybin: Does anyone remember when Maybin was a braces-wearing 20-year-old coming up with the Tigers? Those were the days, and somehow he’s been in the majors for eight years now.
Unfortunately, those haven’t been the best eight years for the former top prospect, but he’s been on the rise since being traded to the Braves.
Currently, Maybin is batting .262 with five homers, 22 RBI, and seven steals. He’s only ever played more than 100 games twice in his career, but he’s also already more than halfway to his career high of nine homers in a season.
What you’re getting with Maybin is someone that really isn’t going to hit for much better than his .262 average, he’s a career .247, but you are going to be getting cheap steals.
In 2011 with the Padres Maybin stole 40 bases in only 137 total games, and then stole 26 bases in 147 games in 2012.
The rest of the season outlook for Maybin probably projects him to finish around .260, 15 home runs, 60 RBI, and 30 stolen bases.
For comparison, Maybin is pretty similar to Dexter Fowler, but I’d anticipate a little bit better numbers from Maybin the rest of the way.
Maybin is hot right now, so there’s no reason not to take a shot on him.
Wilmer Flores: Flores is a fixture on this site, and that probably isn’t going to stop. His .244 batting average is a little bit hard to stomach, but he’s tied with Johnny Peralta for most home runs by a shortstop with eight. He’s recently been moved to fifth in the batting order which should result in more RBI opportunities.
There’s always this looming question Flores losing playing time because of his atrocious defense, but it isn’t going to happen. The Mets need him in the lineup, especially with David Wright out, so he isn’t going anywhere.
Robinson Chirinos: He won’t do you any favors with his .208 average, but he’s been heating up over his last eight games. In that span, he has two home runs and seven RBI. He only batted .237 last year, don’t expect much improvement, but he is on pace to better his 13 home runs and 40 RBI from a year ago. Chirinos is probably more two-catcher territory, but he’s worth keeping an eye on.
Billy Burns: Following a big spring training, Burns is back in the bigs leading off for the A’s. He’s been on fire since taking over the leadoff spot in the lineup and is batting .321, two home runs, 15 runs, and nine stolen bases. He’s a .289 career hitter in the minors so his average probably won’t drop too far, but you’re getting elite stolen bases here. In 2014, he stole 84 bases over the course of the entire year. Add Billy Burns if you need speed, and even if you don’t still add him. At this point, expect a better season from Burns than from Billy Hamilton.
Justin Bour: A few weeks ago I wrote about Bour, and with Michael Morse on the DL he has taken over the starting first base job. He’s shown no signs of slowing down since getting the job and is up to .369/5/10 on the season.
Bour hit 93 home runs in his minor league career, so the power is the legit, but only hit .279. He probably isn’t a .300 hitter so he won’t kill you there. One thing to note is he is pretty horrible against lefties so he still may occasionally sit out.