Maybin to NY

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard, or seen on, that the Tigers somewhat surprisingly called up phenom Cameron Maybin. He’ll be in uniform at Yankee Stadium tonight. I have to be honest, I’m trying to figure this one out.

It’s not that he’s not going to be a very good big leaguer, a perennial All-Star. And it’s not because the Tigers had previously said they weren’t going to call him up. People change their minds all the time. But how does this fit, exactly? Maybe they have Upton-envy. They see how much Justin has added energy to the first-place D-Backs and they feel calling up a young uber-prospect is the way to win a division. And Maybin is 20, so much older than Upton.

Where will Maybin play, you ask? The best guess is in left because I don’t think you move Curtis Granderson over to a corner at this point of the season. That being said, the only corner outfield Maybin has played in game action was in Spring Training. He’s a tremendous athlete, so he should be able to handle it. The one thing you have to be certain of is that he’s going to play. Just like with Upton, you don’t call up a guy like Maybin from Double-A and have him sit and watch.

It’s been quite a year for prospect callups, no? I can’t remember anything like it — Gordon and Young to start the year in the AL, Chris Young in the NL, Braun, Pence, Hughes, Bailey, Upton, Chamberlain and now Maybin — and that’s just off the top of my head.

If people want to respond — let me posit these questions: Which callup will have the greatest impact the rest of the way? Also, how do you think Maybin will fare in his first go-round in the bigs? — Jonathan

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