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Justin Maxwell RF

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
11 1193 .220 .303 .399 84 3.1
Birth Date11-6-1983
Height6' 4"
Weight225 lbs
Age36 years, 1 months, 6 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2007 WAS 23 15 27 7 0 0 2 1 8 0 0 0 .269 .296 .500 78 -0.6 0.3 -0.6 0.0
2009 WAS 25 40 102 22 4 1 4 12 32 1 6 1 .247 .343 .449 82 -2.0 0.8 -0.2 0.2
2010 WAS 26 67 131 15 6 0 3 25 43 0 5 1 .144 .305 .288 71 -4.3 1.1 3.0 0.3
2012 HOU 28 124 352 72 13 3 18 32 114 3 9 4 .229 .304 .460 97 -1.1 0.9 7.3 1.7
2013 HOU 29 40 151 33 10 2 2 12 43 2 4 1 .241 .311 .387 86 -2.1 2.2 3.4 0.8
2013 KCA 29 35 111 26 6 1 5 11 35 2 2 1 .268 .351 .505 87 -1.4 0.4 -0.8 0.0
2014 KCA 30 20 45 6 1 0 0 2 20 2 0 1 .150 .222 .175 49 -2.4 1.1 -2.2 -0.3
2015 SFN 31 100 274 52 8 2 7 20 76 3 2 1 .209 .275 .341 76 -6.5 1.0 4.6 0.5
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2006 SAV A SAL 17 68 .257 .331 .392 .265 102 1.3 1.1 0 112 0 -0.7 0.7 0.0 0.1
2006 VER A- NYP 74 306 .240 .305 .327 .335 103 2.6 6.7 -0.1 104 0 1.4 2.5 -4.1 0.7
2007 WAS MLB NL 15 27 .270 .339 .437 .313 97 0.1 0.8 0 78 17 -0.6 0.3 -0.6 0.0
2007 HAG A SAL 56 244 .257 .332 .393 .355 107 16.1 7.0 -0.4 140 0 3.5 2.6 11.8 2.5
2007 POT A+ CRL 58 260 .265 .336 .400 .313 102 4 8.0 0.4 118 0 -1.6 0.7 5.6 1.3
2008 HAR AA EAS 43 180 .274 .345 .423 .243 106 4.5 5.2 -1 116 0 4.5 1.5 1.0 1.1
2009 WAS MLB NL 40 102 .260 .328 .395 .340 94 1.3 2.9 0.2 82 17 -0.2 0.8 -2.0 0.2
2009 SYR AAA INT 111 448 .258 .325 .389 .336 107 -2.6 12.9 0.1 108 0 0.0 3.5 4.4 2.0
2010 WAS MLB NL 67 131 .253 .328 .394 .200 90 -2.5 3.6 -0.5 71 10 3.0 1.1 -4.3 0.3
2010 SYR AAA INT 66 272 .263 .332 .408 .395 103 4.3 8.3 0.4 121 0 7.3 2.6 6.6 2.4
2011 SWB AAA INT 48 204 .261 .327 .406 .337 87 14.2 6.3 -0.8 140 0 9.1 2.0 8.7 2.4
2012 HOU MLB NL 124 352 .251 .312 .400 .292 99 4.7 9.6 -0.6 97 9 7.3 0.9 -1.1 1.7
2012 CCH AA TEX 2 9 .264 .319 .401 .667 94 -0.1 0.2 0 23 0 -0.4 0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2012 OKL AAA PCL 3 10 .256 .321 .384 .286 82 -0.9 0.3 0 61 0 0.1 0.2 -0.4 0.0
2013 HOU MLB AL 40 151 .255 .315 .405 .337 99 -0.8 4.0 -0.3 86 10 3.4 2.2 -2.1 0.8
2013 KCA MLB AL 35 111 .249 .308 .387 .362 99 4.8 2.9 -0.9 87 10 -0.8 0.4 -1.4 0.0
2013 CCH AA TEX 6 23 .255 .310 .392 .071 96 -3.5 0.6 -0.1 -19 0 -0.5 0.0 -3.2 -0.3
2013 OKL AAA PCL 8 32 .265 .332 .415 .182 93 -2.8 0.9 -0.2 58 0 0.2 -0.1 -1.7 -0.1
2014 KCA MLB AL 20 45 .248 .303 .381 .286 99 -3.7 1.2 -0.2 49 10 -2.2 1.1 -2.4 -0.3
2014 OMA AAA PCL 56 233 .279 .343 .438 .402 96 4.6 7.0 -1.7 93 0 1.8 -1.9 -3.2 0.2
2015 SFN MLB NL 100 274 .254 .314 .398 .269 89 -7.1 7.4 -2.2 76 10 4.6 1.0 -6.5 0.5
2016 PAW AAA INT 61 253 .255 .317 .373 .276 98 -5.7 7.1 -2.8 88 0 -1.3 1.4 -6.1 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2006 SAV A SAL 68 58 8 10 2 2 1 19 7 8 23 1 0 .172 .294 .328 .155 0 0
2006 VER A- NYP 306 271 36 73 11 3 4 102 33 27 61 20 5 .269 .349 .376 .107 0 0
2007 WAS MLB NL 27 26 5 7 0 0 2 13 5 1 8 0 0 .269 .296 .500 .231 0 0
2007 POT A+ CRL 260 228 35 60 13 0 13 112 43 24 65 21 5 .263 .344 .491 .228 0 0
2007 HAG A SAL 244 209 51 63 12 2 14 121 40 26 57 14 3 .301 .394 .579 .278 0 0
2008 HAR AA EAS 180 146 35 34 6 3 7 67 28 31 28 13 4 .233 .371 .459 .226 0 0
2009 WAS MLB NL 102 89 13 22 4 1 4 40 9 12 32 6 1 .247 .343 .449 .202 0 0
2009 SYR AAA INT 448 384 68 93 10 5 13 152 42 54 136 35 8 .242 .342 .396 .154 3 3
2010 SYR AAA INT 272 230 34 66 17 0 6 101 21 35 75 16 7 .287 .386 .439 .152 3 3
2010 WAS MLB NL 131 104 16 15 6 0 3 30 12 25 43 5 1 .144 .305 .288 .144 2 0
2011 SWB AAA INT 204 177 36 46 8 1 16 104 35 26 72 11 2 .260 .358 .588 .328 0 0
2012 HOU MLB NL 352 315 46 72 13 3 18 145 53 32 114 9 4 .229 .304 .460 .232 2 0
2012 CCH AA TEX 9 8 2 2 1 0 0 3 1 0 5 0 0 .250 .333 .375 .125 0 0
2012 OKL AAA PCL 10 10 1 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 .200 .200 .300 .100 0 0
2013 HOU MLB AL 151 137 21 33 10 2 2 53 8 12 43 4 1 .241 .311 .387 .146 0 0
2013 KCA MLB AL 111 97 14 26 6 1 5 49 17 11 35 2 1 .268 .351 .505 .237 1 0
2013 CCH AA TEX 23 21 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 8 1 0 .048 .087 .048 .000 1 0
2013 OKL AAA PCL 32 28 5 5 0 0 1 8 3 3 6 0 0 .179 .250 .286 .107 1 0
2014 KCA MLB AL 45 40 4 6 1 0 0 7 3 2 20 0 1 .150 .222 .175 .025 1
2014 OMA AAA PCL 233 207 32 59 11 1 8 96 29 20 75 3 2 .285 .352 .464 .179 3
2015 SFN MLB NL 274 249 26 52 8 2 7 85 26 20 76 2 1 .209 .275 .341 .133 1 1
2016 PAW AAA INT 253 219 26 48 7 0 5 70 25 25 61 4 4 .219 .310 .320 .100 3 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2009 394 0.5203 0.4315 0.7000 0.6537 0.1905 0.7985 0.3333 0.3000 0.0025
2010 571 0.4413 0.4186 0.6025 0.6508 0.2351 0.7073 0.3733 0.3975 0.0035
2012 1414 0.4965 0.5000 0.6563 0.6937 0.3090 0.7782 0.3864 0.3437 -0.0106
2013 1017 0.5093 0.4680 0.6513 0.6602 0.2685 0.7690 0.3507 0.3487 -0.0001
2014 184 0.4348 0.5380 0.6263 0.7500 0.3750 0.7500 0.4359 0.3737 0.0013
2015 1024 0.4756 0.5000 0.6758 0.7166 0.3035 0.7966 0.4172 0.3242 -0.0064
Career46040.48740.47850.65540.68490.28220.77210.38120.3446-0.0040

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-22 - Minors - - Right Hip Soreness -
2013-06-29 2013-07-12 7-DL 13 11 - Head Recovery From Previous Injury Concussion - -
2013-06-26 2013-06-28 DTD 2 1 - Head Concussion Diving for Ball - -
2013-04-24 2013-06-18 15-DL 55 51 Left Hand Fracture HBP - -
2012-08-23 2012-08-26 DTD 3 3 Right Fingers Contusion Index Finger - -
2012-06-26 2012-07-13 15-DL 17 13 Left Ankle Inflammation Loose Bodies - -
2012-06-23 2012-06-25 DTD 2 2 Left Ankle Soreness - -
2012-06-21 2012-06-22 DTD 1 0 Left Ankle Sprain with Bone Chips - -
2011-09-02 2011-10-07 60-DL 35 27 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum -
2011-05-31 2011-09-02 Minors 94 87 Right Shoulder Cartilage Injury Labrum Jammed From Sliding -
2010-10-13 2010-10-13 Off 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-10-13
2010-10-02 2010-10-02 DTD 0 0 Left Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament -
2010-09-20 2010-09-20 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Soreness -
2008-09-02 2008-09-29 60-DL 27 23 Right Wrist Fracture -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 BOS $
2015 SFN $1,000,000
2014 KCA $1,325,000
2013 HOU $492,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,817,500
4 yrTotal$2,817,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 122 dCAA (Brodie Van Wagenen)1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Miami as a free agent 12/1/15 (minor-league contract with salary of $1.1M in majors). May opt out of contract near end of spring training if not on Major League roster. Exercised opt-out, released by Miami 3/29/16. Signed by Boston as a free agent 4/1/16 (minor-league contract). Released by Boston 7/7/16. Signed by Lotte Giants of Korea 7/7/16 (salary of $0.28M).
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 12/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. May opt out of contract 3/31/15 if not on Major League roster. Contract selected by San Francisco 3/31/15. DFA by San Francisco 9/1/15. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/5/15.
  • 1 year/$1.325M (2014). Re-signed by Kansas City 1/21/14 (avoided arbitration). DFA by Kansas City 5/16/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/23/14. Contract selected by Kansas City 6/21/14. DFA by Kansas City 6/30/14. Refused assignment by Kansas City 10/4/14.
  • 1 year/$0.4925M (2013). Renewed by Houston 3/10/13. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Houston 7/31/13.
  • 1 year/$0.48M (2012). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/7/12. DFA by NY Yankees 4/4/12. Claimed by Houston off waivers from NY Yankees 4/8/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Acquired by NY Yankees in trade 2/1/11 after being DFA by Washington 1/27/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Washington 2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Washington 2/14/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by Washington 1/25/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Washington 9/4/07.
  • Drafted by Washington 2005 (4-114) (Maryland). $0.386M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 If you look up “irony” in a baseball dictionary instead of Merriam-Webster's, you'll find Justin Maxwell, who survived cut day in April but not roster expansion in September.
2015 Quad-A outfielder Justin Maxwell has always looked the part, but injuries, bad timing and inconsistent performance have kept him from the career his tools have long foretold; now on the wrong side of 30, he's just about out of chances.
2014 On a quest for right-handed power, the Royals acquired Maxwell from Houston at the trade deadline. Hes been dogged by injuries his entire career and last season was no different, as he missed time with a broken hand and suffered a concussion while with the Astros. Injury-free in KC, he had a scorching August (.311/.391/.590), but stumbled to the finish line in September (.194/.286/.361). As always, the truth lies somewhere in between. When hes healthy he can do a bit of everything. He plays a solid right field (and can hang in center), has a strong arm, can swipe a bag. However, hes turning 30 and will have to finally stay healthy or be haunted by the dreaded P wordpotential.
2013 As with Greene, Maxwell was another highly regarded 2005 college hitter, graduating from the University of Maryland, where he, um, got injured a lot and slid to the fourth round. Not much has changed in the ensuing years, as he still demonstrates five-tool talent in a body that suggests huge power potential. These looks belie the fragility of the athlete, as he continues to rack up the disabled list days year after year. The positive spin on the injuries is that there's a lot more untapped upside than with most players his age, as his power stats from last year indicate.
2012 The Yankees traded for fourth outfielder Justin Maxwell just before spring training, but Tommy John surgery knocked him out before the power he showed at Scranton could help the parent club.
2011 Already 27, Maxwell is everything you should want in an everyday center fielder. He's a quality glove afield and a plus baserunner, armed with power in his stroke, strong of arm, and fleet of foot. However, between past problems staying healthy and a swing hole-y enough to be Swiss, he's in danger of never catching the one big break he needs to get the three or four months and a few hundred at-bats necessary to show what he can do. The Mariners' Franklin Gutierrez got his break, but that took a front office willing to bet on him. As long as Maxwell is planted behind Nyjer Morgan's more obvious and more obviously meager day-to-day scraptitude, it isn't happening for Maxwell in DC, and the addition of Corey Browna younger, similarly injury-prone, and talented outfieldernarrows his window still more.
2010 Always a physical specimen but only occasionally healthy, Maxwell provides a lunch menu version of Mike Camerons more filling entree: speed, power, patience, strikeouts, and center-field defense, but somewhat less of each. Injuries have slowed his development such that he only just reached Triple-A, but his disappointing numbers there may have been overshadowed by a .292/.370/.554 line after rosters expanded that has him vying for a big-league bench job this spring. Hes best cast as a fourth outfielder, where his right-handed bat and solid makeup can help alleviate Nyjer Morgans platoon issues and Elijah Dukes Elijah Dukes issues, but a team that makes him an everyday corner outfielder would be settling.
2009 Maxwell's season ended in May when he broke his right wrist trying to make a diving catch. Injuries are nothing new for him; they shortened his college career (at Maryland), and dropped him back to the fourth round of the 2005 draft. While he still gets high marks for power, speed, and maturity (which he should, given his age), he did have strikeout problems, though he had shown some dramatic improvement there before getting hurt. The lost time and the Nats' crowded outfield make him an even deeper sleeper than he was, but he's still a good candidate to come out of nowhere.
2008 You can't really call Maxwell a sleeper; he's always had tremendous potential, and if not for his problems with injuries, he'd have shown up on prospect lists sooner and ranked higher. Finally healthy enough to play a full season last year, he delivered on the power-speed package the Nats anticipated when they picked him in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. After crushing A-ball pitching, he initially struggled upon his promotion to High-A, but rebounded with a good finish, bopping 11 homers in his last 27 games. The Nats responded by calling the local kid from suburban Olney, Maryland, up at the tail end of the season to give him a taste of major league life, then shipping him off to the AFL for extra seasoning. He's still a bit raw at the plate and is always going to strike out a lot, but it won't be long before he's pushing for a spot in an already crowded outfield.
2007 Athletic yet injury-prone, Justin Maxwell has the basic attributes that excite scouts (power, speed, and a plus arm), but he`s going to have to start convincing people that those tools will wind up on the diamond instead of the trainer`s table.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did any team do better than the Astros at the deadline? Seems like they turned a reliever pretending to be a starter, a low-tier closer and a fourth outfielder into a good OF prospect, a solid OF prospect, two strong SP prospects, a PTBNL and a top 40 overall pick in a strong draft class next year.
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston)
I think the two Chicago teams did. The Astros didn't get a prospect of Garcia or Olt's cut, and the Cubs also received a close-to-surefire MLB pitcher in Justin Grimm. Houston did get some interesting pieces. Danry Vazquez's power is intriguing, L.J. Hoes could be a nice bench piece, and the arms might turn into something (though I think the Kyle Smith outrage, which seems based upon his numbers alone is a bit much; besides, Justin Maxwell is an okay fourth outfielder). We'll see what the PTBNL and draft pick yields.

Of course, on the bright side: Houston didn't give up a whole lot that impacts their future. Jose Veras was always trade bait, Bud Norris is about to cost more than a bad team should pay him, and Justin Maxwell was a savvy waiver-wire pickup. So Houston seemingly did well. I just don't know if they did the best. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ryan Spilborghs has a .327 OBP in Japan. The MLB league average is .317. Cauliflower hurting when I dump the trash - Ghostface Killah. Couldn't a team like the Royals use the Spillygoat?
(Rafiki from DaBreeze)
I don't know how a .327 on-base percentage in Japan would translate to the majors nowadays (probably not well enough to feel great about it), but Kansas City is not the spot for Spilborghs given Justin Maxwell. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)One break-out hitter and pitcher in each league?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Alex Cobb & Justin Maxwell ; Marco Estrada/Logan Forsythe (Jason Collette)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, what are your thoughts on Justin Maxwell in Houston? The guy had 18 homers in only 315 AB's last year. Is he a sleeper for next year? Thanks.
(Caleb from St. Louis)
He gets mangled against righties (697 last year, 678 career) so he's on the wrong side of the platoon or at least he should be. He'd be overexposed in a full-time role. 13 of his HRs also came against righties and he had a 23% HR/FB so it's tough to see a repeat. His 2012 will likely overprice him in NL-only which is the only format in which I'd give him serious consideration. (Paul Sporer)


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