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A first-hand account of Mike Stanton's colossal Double-A home run

May 9, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

stanton shot.jpgMarlins outfield prospect Mike Stanton is on an absolute tear this season for Double-A Jacksonville with a  .340 batting average, a .477 on-base percentage, an .840 slugging percentage and 14 home runs in just 27 games.  Rehabbing reliever Dan Meyer was able to take in one of those homers Thursday in Jacksonville.  Here’s how he described the shot to the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer:

“I was there for Stanton’s 7,000-foot home run. … The first thing I said was I’m going to try to tell people about this and it
won’t do it any justice. It’s 395 to the wall out there in left center.
The scoreboard is probably 80 feet high, if not 100 feet. It’s a huge
scoreboard, and he cleared it. … This ball was absolutely demolished.”

The Marlins have a fairly talented outfield this season and don’t have an immediate need for Stanton’s presence in the big league lineup, but that could change if the mashing continues at Double-A.  He should at least gain a promotion to Triple-A New Orleans by June.

Stanton was drafted out of high school by the Marlins in the second round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft.  He’s only 20 years old and won’t turn 21 until November.  This kid might be something special.

  1. Old Gator - May 9, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Drew, the Feesh’s “fairly talented outfield” – if by that you mean the projected regular outfield of Chris Coghlan, Cameron Maybin and Cody Ross – has generated a collective BA of .230, with two home runs and twenty two RBIs. Throw in Brett Carroll, who was supposed to be at best a platoon player and utility guy this year, and you add two mighty home runs and the BA goes up a few points and you add seven more RBIs. The Feesh are two games under .500 and let’s face it, Scrooge McLoria isn’t going shopping anywhere but in the bargain basement for outside aid. I grant you that Stanton, as good as he is, shouldn’t be rushed as long as this team shows no real evidence of planning seriously to contend this season. But by the time he comes up, the best you’ll be able to say for his situation is that he sure won’t have the pressure of a pennant race to contend with while he adjusts to major league pitching.

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - May 9, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Florida’s current OF is decent, but hasn’t shown much power. Stanton could obviously help in that regard. However, the Marlins would probably be better served by promoting Stanton to AAA next month or in July, then bringing him up in September–unless they are contending, in which case they should give him the Miguel Cabrera treatment and promote him into the heart of the lineup.

  3. Mike - May 9, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    The current Marlins outfield is doing terrible. There might not be another outfield preforming more poorly this year. But the Marlins are all about the bottom line and they do not want Stanton hitting free agency a year earlier because they brought him up before June 1. He is a fantasy keeper future super-star that if money and free agency were not factors would be starting right now on half of the MLB teams.

  4. scatterbrian - May 9, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    I read “The Marlins have a fairly talented outfield this season…” and immediately though of you. And you do not disappoint.

  5. Jeff - May 9, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Thanks for reporting this mammoth shot, it sounds like a lot more than just “going yard.”
    Actually though, I am reminded of an experience a friend had a few years ago. Her son was in Double-A and even won the batting title one (or maybe even two) years. But not long after he was cut, and found nowhere else to land in baseball.
    I think it is interesting to see that players can do extremely well at one level, but when they move up to this is a real challenge. I can well imagine coaches and scouts saying “Yes he can tee off at Double-A but I don’t see him figuring out pitching in The Show.”
    Finally since I mentioned scouts I will express my agreement with an opinion many far more experienced and knowledgable have offered: there should be a place for the very best scouts Cooperstown.

  6. Geoff - May 9, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    He will be called up but not before June 1. The reason for that is if he is called up before June 1st this becomes a year of big league service. Not that it matters for anything else than the fact it uses up 1 year against his contract – making him arbitration eligible that much faster – and everyone knows the Marlins are too damn cheap to let that happen…

  7. jwb - May 9, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    “The reason for that is if he is called up before June 1st this becomes a year of big league service.”
    Actually, it’s April 16 for a year of service time. 172 days of service time counts as a full season although the season is usually 182 days long. Calling him up June 1 or later will probably have him miss Super 2 status, saving the Marlins an extra year of arbitration (and presumably a few million dollars) under the current CBA, although who knows what that will look like after the next CBA is negotiated.

  8. Old Gator - May 9, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Well, Craig swam home from Cleveland in time to cover Dallas Braden’s perfect game, but since we didn’t get a dose of ATH this weekend I’ll follow up on that fairly talented Feesh outfield which today generated one run scored and no RBIs as the Feesh fell to Those Pesky Gnats 3-2 for a 1-3 series record and a great view of .500’s cloaca from three games below and behind. Anibal Sanchez pitched fruitlessly yet again, as the Boolpen lost it yet again. The bright spot: Chris Coghlan went 3-for-4 and managed to get his dorsal fin above the Mendoza line, and is beginning to show signs of life. Now if Cameron Maybin would snap out of it and begin hitting the way he’s capable of hitting, this team would have an outside shot at respectability this season. Faced with the fact that the Feesh have had opportunities to score runs and add on runs but haven’t been doing that, the perceptive skeeper of the Feesh, Fat Fredi, observed “We’ve had opportunities to score runs or add on runs, and we haven’t been doing that.”
    .
    Speaking of Stanton’s moonshot, I’ve mentioned before on here that I once saw Maybin fist a ball off the right field fence at Orioles Park in Fort Lauderdale during a spring game. This gives you some kind of idea of the power he’s got. What I’d hate to see is Stanton rushed up to get fusterflunkered by big league pitching and, like Maybin, be thirty games or so into the season with no home runs at all.

  9. Ryatt - May 9, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    The Marlins have a fairly talented outfield…..for Triple A. Their four man group is amongst the worst in MLB. Stanton is a true super prospect and exactly what they need for several reasons, and will be up the first week in June barring an injury. I’d say he also might get delayed if he goes into a slump, but as one AA manager said, he’s like a 15 yr old kid playing with 8 yr olds. He’s too good for AA. And AAA is no different. And the Marlins don’t send super prospects there.
    As has been mentioned, he won’t be up till June to avoid being a Super Two. CBA changes forthcoming or not, the cheap Marlins won’t take a chance with 3 weeks to go. But these same cheap Marlins will call him up then because, well…..why not? He gets the rookie minimum and if he does what he should, he’ll put fannies in the seats. A cheap drawing card which could earn them millions of extra dollars by increasing attendance. I know, its Florida, but an extra 5k per game can get them 2-4 mil. Plus if he as is good and the team improves, they make a run.
    And lastly, all the chatter about him needing to work on this or that is just smoke. Players know who can play and who can’t, and the Marlins knew he should have made the team out of Spring Training. But its about the money……isn’t it always?
    To fear he’ll fail is so silly, they why ever bring him up? Heck, let him hit 70 this year in AA!! That will insure what exactly in the big leagues?

  10. Boof - May 9, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Drew, hate to chime in again, but you should consider handing your blogging credentials saying that the Marlins OF is talented. Did you look up the stats these guys are putting out there or did you just read their names and remember the days of yore when they were actually supposed to, or at one time did, produce?

  11. Old Gator - May 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Since I have a long and honorable history of ragging the Feesh’s tightwad payroll policies (and that includes what they pay their mascot, incredibly enough), I can’t disagree with most of what you wrote. However, in Stanton’s case it was also about pitch selection and patience at the plate. ML pitchers would find his soft spots pretty quickly. It’s not so much about fear that he’d fail, but that he needs to work on defining his strike zone and learning to pick up pitcher’s moves a little better. If Scrooge McLoria and the baseball people who advise him were confident that he’d be good enough, consistently enough, to draw a crowd, well, the one thing we know about the little miser is that he can count.

  12. Joey B - May 10, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    “Speaking of Stanton’s moonshot, I’ve mentioned before on here that I once saw Maybin fist a ball off the right field fence at Orioles Park in Fort Lauderdale during a spring game.”
    I remember when Danny Pasqua when he came up with the NYY. He hit an opposite field shot deep into the CF bleachers. It was a cannon shot. Turns out he couldn’t touch lefties. Stanton looks like a real good player, but the 31%+ K rate needs to be addressed.

  13. BC - May 10, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Maybin is like 14 years old. Give him time, he’ll be fine. Coughlan is decent. Put Stanton in AAA now and see what he does. If he still rakes, staple Cody Ross to the bench and get this kid up in the majors by the all-star break.
    PS. Dan Pasqua rules.

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