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All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 132

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A pitcher and an outfielder make appearances in today’s feature.

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With just under a month until 2021’s Opening Day, Fish Stripes is finishing up the Every-Marlins countdown.

Slowly and inexorably, we’ve made our way through the first 587 players on the list. Now with just 43 to go, we’re only profiling two-a-day. We’ll be going to one-per-day on March 7, with the number 25 player on the countdown.

Since graduating to the final 128 players on the list, every one of them has totaled at least 800 plate appearances and/or batters faced during their time with our favorite franchise. The players are ordered in ascending bWAR value divided by PA/BF. Today’s pair were a decent amount above replacement.

43. Cameron Maybin

Cameron Maybin is a six-foot-three centerfielder from Asheville, North Carolina. Back in 2005, the Detroit Tigers used a first round selection on him, 10th overall out of T.C. Roberson HS in his hometown. He opened 2006 as the number 31 prospect in baseball, and moved up to number six overall the following year, according to Baseball America.

Maybin actually debuted in the majors in 2007, going just seven-for-49 with one homer in 24 games for Detroit. In December following the season, they sent him with minor leaguer Dallas Trahern, Burke Badenhop (#84), Frankie De La Cruz (#542), Andrew Miller (#128) and Mike Rabelo (#363) to the Marlins for Miguel Cabrera (#9) and Dontrelle Willis (#25).

Maybin arrived in Florida at the major league level late in the 2008 season, and collected hits in nine of his first 11 plate appearances on his way to a .500 seasonal batting average. Academically, he went 16-for-32 with two doubles and two RBI, with three walks and eight strikeouts. He also stole four bases without getting caught in the short look.

Maybin couldn’t keep up that pace for a full-season’s time, but he was still a well-above average contributor at the major league level. Despite never playing a full season without some time in the minors in his first stint with the Marlins, Maybin slashed out a .257/.323/.391 line in 557 plate appearances over 144 games with the parent club. He also hit a dozen home runs and collected 43 RBI, stealing 14 bases in 19 attempts.

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Defensively, Maybin racked up a .987 fielding percentage in 1,513 13 innings in centerfield, with five assists and roughly a NL-average DRS. The Marlins decided to use Maybin in trade after the 2010 season, sending him to the San Diego Padres for Edward Mujica (#150) and Ryan Webb (#49).

Maybin played four seasons with the Friars before appearing with eight other teams over the following six seasons. After his time in San Diego, he played for the Atlanta Braves, the Tigers, the Los Angeles Angels, and the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2018 season, the Marlins resigned him through free agency on a one-year, $3,250,000 deal.

Although Maybin was pretty close to the same player the Marlins had employed earlier in the decade, he displayed a good deal more patience at the plate. In his first stint with the team, he drew walks at an eight percent clip and struck out a quarter of the time. In his second time through, he walked 11 percent of the time and walked at a 20 percent rate.

In 99 games for Miami in 2018, Maybin hit .251/.338/.343 with three homers and 20 RBI. Defensively, he again put up a .987 fielding percentage, but was five DRS above the National League average in only 576 23 outfield innings. At the trade deadline, the Marlins sent him to the Seattle Mariners for minor league shortstop Bryson Brigman.

Maybin has since also appeared with the New York Yankees, the Tigers, and the Chicago Cubs. He resigned with the Cubs on a minor league deal a week ago today.

42. Renyel Pinto

Renyel Pinto’s transactional history is a little more milquetoast than Maybin’s, in that Pinto has only played at the major league level for one team. A six-foot-four left-handed pitcher from Cupira, Venezuela, Pinto began his professional career in 1999 after signing through free agency with the Chicago Cubs, still aged 16.

Through six seasons in the Cubs’ minor league system, Pinto started in 120 games while relieving just eight times. It was in stark contrast to his time spent in the majors, during which he came out of the bullpen 244 times and started zero times over his five seasons.

The Cubs traded Pinto to the Marlins after the 2005 season with Sergio Mitre (#92) and Ricky Nolasco (#72) for Juan Pierre (#48).

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Pinto struck out 222 in 231 innings for the good guys, but also walked 152 for an unsightly 1.46 K/BB rate. Despite that, he kept his WHIP to a decent 1.463 by keeping his H/9 way down at 7.2. Pinto went 8-10 with a 3.62 ERA and a 4.73 FIP during his time with the Marlins.

In mid-June, 2010, the Marlins released Pinto outright. A week later, he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals through free agency, but didn’t reappear in the major leagues. They released him as well, midway through August.