Stats of Note
Serving as a spark plug at the top of Detroit’s lineup, Maybin showed extremely well compared to his fellow center fielders where on-base related stats were concerned.
Among center fielders with at least 350 at-bats, Maybin finished third in on-base percentage behind only Mike Trout and Fowler.
A Closer Look at Maybin’s On-Base Percentage Numbers
Not only did Maybin post a high on-base percentage in 2016, he wasn’t partial to one type of pitcher.
The veteran turned in a .384 on-base percentage against left-handed batters. His on-base percentage against right-handers was slightly lower, but not by much. Maybin’s on-base percentage against right-handed pitching sat at .383.
In-Game Batting Averages
One of the main reasons Maybin was so effective at being a spark plug for the Tigers was that he got on base early and often against opposing starters. The center fielder batted .380 with a .443 on-base percentage when facing an opposing starter for the first time in the game.
Those numbers regressed slightly (.346 batting average, .400 on-base percentage) when Maybin matched up with the starter for a second time. However, they still graded out extremely positively.