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Is there a spot for the hottest hitter in camp?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 21, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Justin Maxwell plays all three outfield positions. He’s regularly reached double-digit steals in the minor leagues, last year he slugged .588 in Triple-A before a shoulder injury, and this spring he’s been perhaps the most impressive all-around hitter in Yankees camp.

Of course, Maxwell is also out of options, and the Yankees bench seems pretty full at the moment.

If the Yankees don’t find a spot for the 28-year-old, they could probably find some sort of value on the trade market, and you just know that plenty of teams are keeping an eye on the waiver wire in hopes that a custom-made fourth or fifth outfielder will fall in their laps. Maxwell did not put up good numbers in his longest big league stint in 2010, but last year’s Triple-A production coupled with his red-hot spring might have some teams reconsidering his value.

This is what Maxwell has done this spring, along with where he ranks in Yankees camp:*

Batting average: .435
Second to Dewayne Wise

On-base percentage: .519
Leads all Yankees

Slugging percentage: .652
Third behind Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson

Hits: 10
Tied for the team lead with Granderson, Rodriguez and Wise

Doubles: 5
Second behind Granderson

Runs: 9
Leads all Yankees

RBI: 6
Third behind Rodriguez and Robinson Cano

Stolen bases: 3
Tied with Wise for third behind Brett Gardner and Russell Martin

* Among players with at least 20 at-bats

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