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Marlins close to calling up 20-year-old slugging phenom Mike Stanton

May 28, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

While the baseball world tries to pin down Stephen Strasburg’s debut, another elite prospect could be on the verge of the majors. Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins may call up 20-year-old outfielder Mike Stanton as soon as June 5.
Picked in the second round of the 2007 draft out of high school, Stanton has emerged as perhaps baseball’s premier power-hitting prospect. Stanton blasted 67 homers in his first two pro seasons, which led all minor leaguers in 2008 and 2009, and has been on fire at Double-A this season with 17 homers and 44 RBIs in 43 games.
Better yet he’s hitting .306 after coming into the season with a .267 career batting average and is walking far more than ever before while cutting down on his strikeouts. Stanton is still six months from his 21st birthday, but hitting .306 with a .440 on-base percentage and .706 slugging percentage at Double-A has likely forced the Marlins’ to speed up his timetable.
Frisaro notes that Stanton has been playing left field recently after previously being a right fielder, which is noteworthy because the Marlins currently have the reigning Rookie of the Year in left field. However, Chris Coghlan is hitting just .218 with a .544 OPS and has the defensive versatility to get into the lineup elsewhere. Another option to make room for Stanton would be moving Cody Ross to center field and benching or demoting Cameron Maybin, who’s hitting just .234 with a .641 OPS.
Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez told Frisaro that Stanton will likely begin his career batting seventh, saying: “I don’t want him feeling he’s the a savior who’s here to save the season.” Maybe not, but as soon as his service time has been sufficiently suppressed Stanton’s arrival will be shaking up the 24-24 team.

  1. Jimmy Marlins Fan - May 28, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    cant wait…
    if only they could do something about the middle relief

  2. Old Gator - May 28, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    We’re in complete agreement about what they should do. We just haven’t agreed on why they haven’t done it. You could “shake up this team” until it tastes like a mamey batido but until the tightwad who owns it realizes that he’s going to have to take a crowbar to his wallet and invest in some upper-tier talent for that boolpen, it isn’t going to achieve escape velocity from the gravitational pull of .500 no matter who they bring up.

  3. Kurt - May 28, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Stanton, Strasburg and maybe Carlos Santana all in 1 week? Life is good!

  4. Charles Gates - May 28, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    This article caused Gator to pop a trouser tent. The blue pill is irrelevant.

  5. Old Gator - May 29, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    Hell, at my age, nothing that works is irrelevant.

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