Cameron Maybin has an MLB career .248 batting average. (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)
Former Tigers farmhand Cameron Maybin, now an outfielder with the Padres, has been suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for an amphetamine.
Maybin is batting .247 with one home run and nine RBIs in 62 games this season.
“I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, attention deficit disorder, for which I previously had a Therapeutic Use Exemption," Cameron said in a statement issued by the Players Assocation. "Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK'd, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive.”
Maybin, 27, was drafted by the Tigers in the first round, No. 10 overall, in 2005. He was considered a can’t-miss prospect and made his MLB debut with the Tigers in 2007.
After the 2007 season, he was traded to the Marlins -- along with another high-ranking Tigers prospect, pitcher Andrew Miller -- in the deal that netted Miguel Cabrera for Detroit.
Maybin is earning $5 million this season and is under contract with the Padres for $7 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016. The Marlins have a $9 million club option in 2017.
“I want to assure everyone that this was a genuine effort to treat my condition and I was not trying in any way to gain an advantage in my baseball career,” Maybin said. “I understand that I must accept responsibility for this mistake and I will take my punishment and will not challenge my suspension. I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates and the entire Padres organization. I look forward to returning to the field and contributing to the success of my club.”