Justin Maxwell Could Impact Nats

Last year Justin Maxwell batted .280 for the Nationals in 13 games during spring training, but then was assigned to Double- A Harrisburg to get more experience before making his way back up to the big club. However, he spent most of the 2008 season out with a fractured wrist that came from diving for a ball in the outfield.

In 2007, Maxwell surprised everybody when he was called up at the end of the season. His first major league hit was a pinch-hit grand slam against the Florida Marlins. In a total of 26 major league at-bats, he hit .269 with 2 of his 7 hits being home-runs. The 6’5″ 225 pound center-fielder was just doing what he had been doing all season for Low-A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac in which he hit a combined .281 with 27 homers. He even had 35 stolen bases.

Maxwell is now healthy and could be the solution to the Nationals center-field job which is currently open to either Elijah Dukes or Lastings Milledge. The Nationals have a surplus of outfielders and Maxwell gives them more options. I would hate to see the Nationals give up Maxwell in a trade, but he is likely a guy that generates a lot of interest from other clubs. I would rather see the Nationals clear up space for Maxwell by trading away some of the other talent that they have in the outfield. After all, he is considered by many to be the Nationals’ most athletic prospect.

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