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UPDATE: Mike Stanton is on his way to the bigs

Jun 6, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

mike stanton follow through.jpgUPDATE: Rodriguez has confirmed that Stanton is indeed on his way to join the Marlins and will be officially promoted before Tuesday’s game.  Mike Lamb has been designated for assignment to clear roster space.

  Marlins outfield prospect Mike Stanton is not in the starting lineup for Double-A Jacksonville on Sunday, according to Juan C. Rodriguez with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and could be on his way to the majors by the end of the evening.

The Marlins have the day off on Monday, but Stanton could be asked to join the team Sunday night in New York and fly with the club to Philadelphia for a three-game set against the Phillies that starts on Tuesday. 

He went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks on Saturday at Jacksonville and was 3-for-3 with a triple, a home run and two walks the night before.  All in all, the 20-year-old phenom has hit .311/.441/.726 this season with 21 home runs and 52 RBI in 52 games for the Marlins’ Double-A affiliate.  To say his bat is major league-ready would be an understatement.

If he is indeed being called up, it won’t be to sit on the bench.  Stanton still has much developing to do and is likely to start at least three games a week in the majors through the end of this season.  If he debuts on Tuesday, he will be the second youngest Marlin to do so.  Miguel Cabrera, who played his first MLB game at 20 years and 63 days, still takes the cake.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    It will of course be exciting to see Stanton play with the Feesh at last, but after watching Scrooge McLoria’s bargain basement boolpen hand the Mutts back a five run lead in another execrable performance this afternoon, I can only hope it’ll be Tim Woods who gets sent down to make room for him and that Mike (Mendoza Line) Lamb gets designated for assignment so that the Feesh can bring up another arsonist to take Woods’ place.
    Fat Freddi pulled the plug on Nolsco a bit too soon, really. The Clueless One overreacted to a run-scoring bloop single and summoned from the boolpen a proven batting practice pitcher who gave away the game in 1.2 innings. This may be some evidence that Freddi is panicking.
    This lineup needs consistency, and even though I don’t doubt that Stanton will supply some pleasing pyrotechnics, I don’t envision his production will be sufficient to make up for the team’s pitching deficiencies. On the bright side, the Feesh played errorless ball again today. If they had some decent middle relief pitching, that improvement could synergize nicely.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Update: well, at least I got half my wish. Lamb is lucky. In the old days, he would have been taken out and shot. But our methods are different now because our aims are different.
    Updated update: Actually, I got more than half of my wish. I got a wish and a half. Tim Woods was optioned to the Twelfth Canto to bring up Emilio Bonifacio and Rick Vanden Hurk was called up to replace Joran Van Der Sloot…heh, sorry, I mean Brett Carroll. Vanden Hurk was brutal in spring training and I have no idea if he’s going to be any better, but it’s hard to imagine that he’ll be any worse.

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