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Justin Maxwell

Washington Nationals — No. 30
Outfielder
Born: November 6, 1983 (1983-11-06) (age 26)
Olney, Maryland
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 5, 2007 for the Washington Nationals
Career statistics
(through 2009)
Batting average     .252
Home runs     6
Runs batted in     14
Teams

Justin A. Maxwell (born November 6, 1983 in Olney, Maryland) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals.

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Biography

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Early years

Maxwell was drafted out of Sherwood High School by the Baltimore Orioles in the 43rd round (1279th overall) of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, but opted instead to attend college at University of Maryland. He was drafted, again, in 2004 by the Texas Rangers in the 10th round (291st overall), but declined, and the following year by the Washington Nationals in the 4th round (114th overall). He signed and played most of 2006 for the Vermont Lake Monsters, the Nationals Short-Season A team.

Professional baseball career

2007

In 2007, he split his time between Low-A Hagerstown, and High-A Potomac, where, he combined to hit .281 with 27 home runs, 83 RBI and 35 stolen bases, the only player in Minor League Baseball to record at least 25 doubles, 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases in 2007."[1]

After the minor league season was over, he was brought up to the Nationals, just to get a taste of the big leagues, and "was told not to expect much from his first month in the majors."[2] On September 5, he made his debut, as pinch hitter, and flew out to the warning track. Six days later, in his third pinch hitting appearance, Maxwell recorded his first career base hit, a pinch-hit grand slam off an 0-2 pitch from Chris Seddon, of the Florida Marlins.[3]

During the 2007-2008 off-season, Maxwell played for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

2008

Maxwell was assigned to the Harrisburg Senators of the Double-A Eastern League after hitting .280 in 13 spring training games for Washington, but missed most of the year with a fractured wrist suffered while diving for a flyball in the outfield.[4]

2009

Teammates celebrate a walk-off grand slam by Maxwell on September 30, 2009.

Maxwell spent most of the season with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs of the International League. He was called up late in the season because of injured center fielder Nyjer Morgan. On September 30, Maxwell hit a two-out full count walk off grand slam off of Francisco Rodriguez of the New York Mets on Fan Appreciation Day, the Nationals' last home game of the season.[5]

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