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Nats Expected to Sign Maxwell
« Topic Start: September 10, 2005, 08:21:04 AM »
This from Nats MLB web page by Bill Ladson.

The draft front: The Nationals are expecting to sign outfielder Justin Maxwell sometime next week, according to scouting director Dana Brown. Maxwell was the Nationals' fourth-round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

The two parties were in tough negotiations, with Maxwell believing he deserved second-round money.

Maxwell, who went to the University of Maryland, missed most of the last two seasons because of injuries.

Brown was impressed with how Maxwell performed in the Cape Cod League and believes that Maxwell was worth the risk.

Maxwell review in Baseball America

Maxwell was a potential first-rounder entering the 2004 season coming off a breakthrough summer in the Cape Cod League. An imposing physical specimen, he offered solid tools across the board, with the possible exception of arm strength. But nothing has gone right since then and Maxwell has been dogged by a succession of injuries. He was hit by a pitch in a preseason intrasquad game last year and missed the season with a broken right forearm. After slipping to the 10th round, where he was picked by the Rangers, Maxwell went back to the Cape League to get his game back on track but broke a bone in his little finger when he was hit by a pitch, sidelining him for the summer. Bad luck struck again this spring when he broke the hamate bone in his hand while hitting a ball on the barrel of the bat seven game into the season. He was still wearing a soft cast on the even of the draft. Maxwell still should be an early-round pick, though teams are hesitant to take him in the first two rounds. Even though he graduates this year with a near-perfect 4.0 GPA in animal sciences, he has a year of eligibility remaining because he was granted a medical redshirt last year. He turned down a reported $390,000 a year ago, and he may want a similar bonus to sign this year?if not significantly more because he still believes he?s a first-round talent. Scouts got a brief glimpse of Maxwell early in the year, when he hit .455-3-5, but the last time they got an extended look was the summer of 2003, when he showed sound hitting ability with loft in his swing and 6.6-second speed over 60 yards.

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« Reply #1: September 10, 2005, 09:41:15 AM »
Thanks for the post, very interesting.  Sounds like a lot of upside, plus with that Terrapin pedigree, who could argue?

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« Reply #2: September 10, 2005, 10:26:49 AM »

Signing a five tool center fielder wouldn't hurt. :D