Eric Thames

Newcomer Cameron Maybin is turning into a star for the Angels

Newcomer Cameron Maybin is turning into a star for the Angels

Fourteen years ago, Cameron Maybin was a hotshot high school sophomore widely projected to become a top Major League Baseball draft pick and, in time, a top center fielder.

USA Today published a feature on Maybin and former USC guard O.J. Mayo as up-and-coming stars.

The first part of that prognostication about Maybin quickly came true: The Detroit Tigers selected him with the 10th pick in 2005 and he ascended to the majors two years later. The second did not.

But now, at 30, he's closer than ever to fulfilling it.

In the final season of a contract extension he signed three teams ago, Maybin has established himself as the Angels’...

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