30 Players in 30 Days: Justin Maxwell

Justin Maxwell

Justin Maxwell made waves in the DC-area long before he was on the Nationals. The Bethesda, Md., native was a standout at the University of Maryland and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft by the Washington Nationals. Since then, he has quickly ascended through the Nationals Minor League system.

Though hampered with a fractured wrist last season, Maxwell came back full force this season. The tall, speedy outfielder with strides like a gazelle stole 35 bases with the Triple-A Chiefs, good for fourth overall in the International League. He was the Syracuse Player of the Month in June when he hit six home runs, drove in 17 RBI, walked 20 times and scored 21 runs in 28 games. He was brought up to the Big Leagues three different times this year, the last being a September call-up. He has always impressed the club with his athletic ability and range in the outfield. On May 23 at Nationals Park, Maxwell made perhaps the finest catch in his career as he tracked a long line drive over 60 yards into right-center field, leapt up and reached over the wall to rob Baltimore’s Adam Jones of what would have been a first-inning home run.


Maxwell 1 c.JPGIn the final home game of the 2009 season–Fan Appreciation Day–Maxwell blasted a walk-off grand slam off of Francisco Rodriguez to lead the Nats to a 7-4 victory over the Mets. While he definitely ended the season with a bang, his hitting is the one facet he will focus on this offseason. He struck out 136 times in 111 games, good for seventh-most in the International League.

“He has done all the facets of the game,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said. “He can play defense, run and throw. It’s a just a matter of consistently putting the bat on the ball.”

Maxwell has not been slowed down by last season’s injury and proved he can be a valuable asset for the Nationals. His athleticism and speed are great tools both on the basepaths and in the outfield. Next season, he will get the chance to prove himself again and will compete for a roster spot out of Spring Training.

Justin Maxwell Final Major League Stats

G

AB

R

H

TB

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

IBB

SO

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

40

89

13

22

40

4

1

4

9

12

0

32

6

1

.247

.343

.449

.793

 

Justin Maxwell Final Minor League Stats

G

AB

R

H

TB

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

IBB

SO

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

111

384

68

93

152

10

5

13

42

54

2

136

35

8

.242

.344

.396

.740

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