What to think of Cameron Maybin's defensive performance in 2011?
According to the baseball statistical site FanGraphs.com, Maybin's UZR ranked third among all major league centerfielders (for what it's worth, this blog isn't a fan of UZR). Dave Pinto's numbers aren't as kind, showing Maybin 12th in MLB. What do you think? Here's what I saw: 1) Maybin's balltracking was better than average and extremely good east-to-west; 2) Maybin over-threw too many cutoff men, not surprising for a player in his first full season in the majors; 3) Like many centerfielders, Maybin doesn't seem to fully trust his north-south reads and plays deep against singles hitters, but since those are common glitches, they're not all that worriesome; 4) Maybin glides like a top-flight NFL receiver while pursuing balls in the gaps. I enjoyed watching him run down flyballs. I expect that Maybin, 24, will win a Gold Glove before his five-year contract expires, although it's no small feat for a center fielder/base-stealer to stay healthy.