Maxwell played right field, center and left for the Astros last season, appearing at all three spots in the same game several times, and made a handful of terrific catches all over the outfield. He was claimed by the Astros off waivers from the Yankees in April and hit .229 with 18 homers and 53 RBIs.
He made one of the catches of the year on Aug. 9, when he ran up Tal's Hill in straightaway center field at Minute Maid Park and made a diving catch to rob Washington's Jayson Werth of an extra-base hit.
The award winners were determined by the detailed statistical analysis of MLB Network's "shredder system" used by Clubhouse Confidential, plus input from MLB Network analysts.
Meanwhile, fans should stay tuned to MLB.com for the unveiling of this year's GIBBY Awards.
This year's GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, comeback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason performer.
GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's top play, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic and postseason moment, from MLB.com's Must C highlight reels. Winners will be presented their GIBBY trophies at the MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards extravaganza during the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.