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Strasburg isn't the only one debuting tonight

Jun 8, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

Marlins logo.jpgAs everyone fixates on Stephen Strasburg, let us not forget that there’s another young phenom making his debut today.

His name is Mike Stanton, he plays for the Marlins and he has simply abused Double-A hitting so far this year. How badly has he abused it? To the tune of .311/.411/.726 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI in 52 games.  Stanton is only 20 and, unlike Strasburg, has shown that he has some things he needs to work on (i.e. chasing bad pitches), but he’s no less special a talent and no less important to the future of his organization than the fellow with the curly W cap.

Stanton should be patrolling right field against the Phillies this evening.  He’ll likely be facing Stephen Strasburg right after the All-Star break and several times a year after that for the next five or six years or so.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    “….the next five years or so.”
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    After which he becomes eligible for an eight figure arbitration award and Scrooge McLoria immediately trades him for a handful of EYPs.

  2. jjschiller - Jun 8, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Very slight quibble. He’s been abusing Double-A “pitching.”

  3. Old Gator - Jun 8, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Well, Stanton checked in and went three for five with three singles, scored a couple of runs and looked disciplined at the plate. Early it is, says Yoda, but looks like a keeper he does. The Feesh scored eight runs and lost anyway. Another brutal group effort by Scrooge McLoria’s bargain boolpen (Greetings K-mart shoppers!), which coughed up four runs, three earned. The game also featured a regression to the Keystone Kops style of fielding that marred the Feesh’s performance up until recently, with two giftwrapped runs.
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    That dull thud you heard was the Gnats on their way up banging their heads against the Feesh on their way down. They now share the cellar in the NL East. For how long? I don’t want to think about it tonight.

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