Astros not devoid of fantasy talent after all
I've long been intrigued by Maxwell, now 29, since he clearly showed the tools to contribute in home runs and stolen bases while toiling in the minors for years in the Washington Nationals' organization. In 2007, he hit 27 home runs and stole 35 bases! As recently as 2011 for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the New York Yankees' system, he hit 16 home runs and stole 11 bases in 48 games. The somewhat desperate Astros took a look at him last year and were rewarded with 18 home runs and nine steals in barely half a season of at-bats. He has signature flaws at the plate, but still I find it odd that people seem so pessimistic about Maxwell. After all, he's going to play, which is half the battle.
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