Justin A. Maxwell (born November 6, 1983 in Olney, Maryland) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals.
Maxwell was drafted out of Sherwood High School (Maryland) 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) -- this was the Nats second pick that year, Ryan Zimmerman being the first. He signed and played most of 2006 for the Nationals Rookie league team in Vermont.
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."
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.". On September 5, he made his debut, as pinch hitter,...