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Detroit Tigers 2016 Review: Cameron Maybin

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May 16, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin (4) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin (4) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 29, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin (4) hits a single in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

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.

The Tigers starter also ranked seventh in wRC+ and eighth in wOBA. The likes of Desmond, Marcell Ozuna and Andrew McCutchen ranked behind Maybin in both categories.

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.

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