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Maxwell was drafted out of Sherwood High School (Maryland) by the Baltimore Orioles in the 43rd Round (1279th overall) of the 2001 Amateur Entry Draft (June-Reg), 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, with 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 RBIs 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, 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
- ↑ "Detwiler, others on fast track to DC: Lefty will be third Nats pick to make MLB debut in draft year", MLB.com, September 3, 2007.
- ↑ Barry Svrluga. "Nationals Notebook: Team Trying to Keep Its Place on Radio Dial", Washington Post, September 7, 2007, p. E07.
- ↑ Amy Shipley. "Marlins Knock Off Nationals in a Slugfest", Washington Post, September 12, 2007.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Baseball America