Cameron Maybin, the tenth overall pick in this summer's Amateur Draft, remains unsigned. Maybin is a young 18, a high-school outfielder who draws as-yet unfounded comparisons to Ken Griffey Jr. and Darryl Strawberry, a notable break from the Tigers' custom of drafting college pitchers in the first round (Verlander, Sleeth, Baugh). He is one of only five first round picks who haven't signed, though the others are some of the highest-profile young players -- Justin Upton (first overall pick), Alex Gordon (second), predictable contract headache and Boras client Luke Hochevar, and the player the Tigers really wanted, Mike Pelfrey (ninth). That Maybin is still cruising around without a contract is more notable news in the light that some 2005 draft picks are already close to the majors.
Why isn't Maybin playing in the Gulf Coast League or someplace? Money. From the Detroit News: