Houston Astros‘ outfielder Justin Maxwell has found a home roaming center field in Houston. Maxwell, at age 29, has bounced around a bit in his career. He has never really been able to stick on a Major League roster, but with the Astros rebuilding, he had that chance last season and he took full advantage of it. When he first came to Houston, he was a fourth outfielder who was used as a defensive replacement and as a pinch hitter. Just from watching batting practice you could tell this guy has some power, and did he ever show it off. His first ever at bat in an Astros uniform was a pinch hit grand slam. From then on, Astros players and fans became accustomed to Maxwell going VERY deep, as he led the team in home runs last season. Maxwell also had one of the longest home runs of the season last year.
As MLB is in its third week of a very long season, it is evident that Maxwell has found his home in the orange and blue uniforms of the Houston Astros. He is becoming a fan favorite with his towering home runs and spectacular defense in center field. After last season, his first full season, he is in prime position to have a breakout year. Maxwell has all the tools to become a big time threat in the middle of the lineup. He has speed, and he has the ability to hit 25 home runs and drive in 100 runs. If there are people on base in front of him, that is.
As the season moves on, if there is one person to pay attention to an this young Houston Astros squad not named Jose Altuve, it is Justin Maxwell. If he puts it all together, he could be an All Star this season. He is already making awesome plays in center field so far. Maxwell is an interesting player because if he keeps doing what he is doing, not only could he be an All Star, but he may find himself on a contender come trade deadline time.