Maitan, a potential impact player once he reaches the Majors, was ranked by MLB.com as baseball’s 38th-best prospect.
The moral of the story here is that Maitan has a chance to be really, really good.
Sure, he only hit .241 with a .629 OPS in 176 plate appearances split between the Atlanta’s affiliates in the Gulf Coast League and the Appalachian League.
But he was also playing against competition that was on average 2.4 and 3.3 years older than him.
Did I mention he was only 17? Yes, Maitan is only 17. His 2017 production might not jump off the page, but the fact he’s so advanced for his age speaks to his upside.
So how good could the now-former Atlanta prospect be?
Meanwhile, FanGraphs broke down Maitan’s swing in a piece published in February.
"“His left-handed swing is of the traditional, low-ball variety and has a beautiful high finish. The bat is quick into the zone and long through it, producing gap-to-gap contact right now that should move toward and over outfield fences as Maitan matures. From the right side, Maitan’s wrists are a little looser, his weight transfer more explosive and comfortable, his hands more surgical and his bat control more advanced.”"
Getting the chance to sign a young player with that much upside doesn’t exactly come around everyday, or every season for that matter.
The Detroit Tigers should obviously jump at the chance to sign the former Atlanta prospect to a contract.