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UPI POY 2009 - Sports
Washington Nationals Justin Maxwell dives head-first as he steals third in the ninth inning of game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Washington on September 23, 2009. Maxwell later scored the winning run as Washington won 5-4. UPI/Pat Benic
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Justin Adam Maxwell (born November 6, 1983 in Olney, Maryland) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals.

Maxwell was drafted out of Sherwood High School by the Baltimore Orioles in the 43rd round (1279th overall) of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, but opted instead to attend college at University of Maryland. He was drafted, again, in 2004 by the Texas Rangers in the 10th round (291st overall), but declined, and the following year by the Washington Nationals in the 4th round (114th overall). He signed and played most of 2006 for the Vermont Lake Monsters, the Nationals Short-Season A team.

In 2007, he split his time between Low-A Hagerstown, and High-A Potomac, where, he combined to hit .281 with 27 home runs, 83 RBI and 35 stolen bases, the only player in Minor League Baseball to record at least 25 doubles, 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases in 2007."

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