OpinionMay 7, 2010

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The Time is Now: Mike Stanton, You Sir, are a BEAST!

By Tim George

It’s just a matter of time until Mike Stanton is the Florida Marlins’ version of the Beast of the NL East. The 6’5″ 235 lb. Stanton turned down a college football scholarship from some school in Los Angeles called USC (I hear they are pretty good), to focus on his big league dream. It shouldn’t be long until Stanton gets the call that will make his dreams become a reality.

Stanton will be one of the most powerful bats in the league the second that he gets called up. He has already hit 14 home runs in only 27 games for AA Jacksonville and there’s no doubt that his offensive potential is unlimited.  The 20-year-old Stanton has already shown the ability to hit the ball a long, long way.  In 2008, Stanton hit 39 bombs and drove in 97 runs in his first full season in the minors.

The Marlins could use another power bat.  Chris Coghlan and Cameron Maybin have both had disappointing starts to the 2010 season and Cody Ross is Cody Ross.  Needless to say, the Marlins aren’t real deep in the outfield this season. Honestly, most teams in the majors could use a player with all the tools that Stanton possesses.  I’m sure the Marlins would like to see the kid get a little more seasoning in the minors because he is so young and has a tendency to strikeout too much.

When Stanton gets the call to the big leagues, I expect him to show some flashes of brilliance, but I do think he’ll have an adjustment period as well.  He’s going to hit for power, it’s just a matter of physics.  When someone that big and strong, swings as hard as he does, it can get ugly when he connects. Many people within the Marlins organization say that they haven’t had a player with as much potential since Miguel Cabrera.  I do know that even Miguel Cabrera didn’t hit 39 home runs as an 18-year-old. Definitely remember Stanton in keeper and dynasty leagues.

My projection: .251 / 50 R / 50 RBI / 15 HRs in 330 ABs

Tim George is a teacher and football coach from Huntington, WV. He's also a forum member at the cafe...TimGeorge2
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