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Padres Cameron Maybin in Pittsburgh
San Diego Padres Cameron Maybin talks to a teammate in the dugout during the 7-3 Win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 7, 2011. UPI/Archie Carpenter
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Cameron Keith Maybin (born April 4, 1987 in Asheville, North Carolina), nicknamed "Cocoa Diablo," is a Major League Baseball player for the San Diego Padres. He was the tenth pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. He was consistently ranked as the Tigers top minor league prospect before being dealt.

Maybin played high school baseball for T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, North Carolina. As a freshman, he led his team to a state title and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Joe Hayden, his manager with the Midland Redskins, said he had "the same instincts in the outfield and at the plate" as Ken Griffey, Jr., who Hayden also coached in the Connie Mack division, an amateur baseball league for players 18 and younger. The summer before his senior season, Maybin won the Connie Mack World Series batting title and World Series MVP award in Farmington, New Mexico. Maybin was also named the 2004 Baseball America Youth Player of the Year.

After graduating from high school, Maybin entered the Major League draft. In their pre-draft rankings, Baseball America tabbed him as the most promising available outfielder and the third-best hitting prospect overall. He fell to the tenth spot in the 2005 draft, in part due to speculation he'd be difficult to sign. He signed in September for a $2.65 million bonus.

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