Maxwell relishing opportunity with Astros

Maxwell relishing opportunity with Astros

MILWAUKEE -- Going from the powerhouse Yankees to the rebuilding Astros has worked out just fine for outfielder Justin Maxwell, who is leading the team in home runs (17) and is ranked second on the club in RBIs (50).

Maxwell, claimed off waivers from the Yankees on April 4, had 260 career plate appearances, but entered Saturday with 339 plate appearances this season alone. The chance to play nearly every day has pleased Maxwell.

"I've been really grateful for the opportunity to play in the big leagues again," he said. "It's going to be neat being on a team during the rebuilding phase. I feel like we've got a lot of exciting, young players for the future. I got to spend time with some of our guys in the Minor League system, and you can tell we're definitely headed in the right direction."

Maxwell, 28, figures to get a chance to get a lot of playing time next year given the unsettled nature of the Astros' outfield situation. Maxwell is capable of playing any of the three outfield positions, and twice this month has played all three in the same game.

"If we all work on what we need to do and focus on getting better, we're definitely going to improve quickly," he said.