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Mike Stanton on the verge of call-up to Marlins

Jun 2, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

Marlins prospect Mike Stanton kept rolling last night with two more homers, giving the 20-year-old outfielder 20 long balls in 48 games at Double-A. He’s also hitting a career-high .307 with a .436 on-base percentage, .722 slugging percentage, and nearly as many walks (40) as strikeouts (50).
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that Stanton could be on the verge of a call-up to the majors, as Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and assistant general manager Dan Jennings were both on hand to see his latest power display yesterday and, like with Stephen Strasburg in Washington, any service time-related considerations are no longer a factor.
According to Frisaro the Marlins think Stanton is ready for the majors offensively despite being six months shy of his 21st birthday, but “defensively the team is still weighing if he can handle playing right field in the big leagues on a daily basis.” Stanton has also been playing some left field recently, leading to speculation that Chris Coghlan could be the odd man out.
Coghlan has been hot lately, however, collecting three hits in back-to-back games and batting nearly .300 over the past three weeks, so benching or demoting the struggling Cameron Maybin is also a possibility. In that scenario the Marlins would shift Cody Ross to center field, with Stanton in right and Coghlan in left.

  1. AdrianK - Jun 2, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Can’t wait. He is in my fantasy team. Bring him up

  2. Jimmy Marlins Fan - Jun 2, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    i think the marlins should essentially make it a 4 man-platoon in the outfield and drop brett carroll back to the minors until baker is ready to come back and then we can drop hayes back to the minors

  3. Old Gator - Jun 2, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Mike Stanton has been “on the verge” of being called up for so many weeks now that all the suspense has gone out of the situation. Scrooge McLoria has finally run out of service time red flags so that he can keep his wallet zipped anyway, so maybe this time we’ll get to see the kid strut his stuff after all.
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    I’m not going to have any great expectations for him. This reminds me of the hype Cameron Maybin received a couple of years ago when he had that monstrous September, but started making like a wind turbine once the pitchers got him figured out. Pretty soon Scrooge will have to unhook the electrodes from Maybin’s ass, though, and start paying Florida Power and Light for the electricity he uses to run the fridge where he keeps his money because Maybin’s adjusting now, albeit slowly and painfully. I think he’ll be a terrific ballplayer eventually, but I hope the burden of expectation Stanton is carrying up with him won’t break his back and create disappointment where none would be deserved.

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