Today we take a look at Marlins stud outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton turned 23 during the off-season and was the Marlins 2nd round pick in the 2007 draft. Stanton came up after about 60 games into the 2010 season. Let's take a look at his stats.
10 - 22HR, 59RBI, 45R, 5SB, .259 Avg in 359 AB's
11 - 34HR, 87RBI, 79R, 5SB, .262 Avg in 516 AB's
12 - 37HR, 86RBI, 75R, 6SB, .290 Avg in 501 AB's
Stanton should be a huge power bat with at least a solid average for the next decade. However how long will he be a Marlin? After the fire sale this past off-season and the current ownership and management group what is their long term game plan? Also Stanton was very upset with ownership after what they did this past off-season, not that he will not give it his all going forward but in terms of leaving the Marlins first chance he gets I am sure he will do that. Now the Marlins do have Stanton through the 2016 season but since Stanton is arbitration eligible after this season one would have to believe it's only a matter of time before he is traded for a package of prospects. Does that happen during this season? Anything is possible with the Marlins and quite frankly if some team offers a big prospect package for Stanton why wouldn't the Marlins entertain that idea it's not like they will be contending anytime soon. So when you consider the off the field stuff regarding Stanton and his supporting cast which I am sure will effect his numbers my advice is to spend your draft dollars elsewhere on a top player who is on a real MLB team. Plus why would any NL pitcher pitch to Stanton? I mean look at their lineup are you going to let Stanton beat you or one of their other players? Stanton is a huge talent but he is shipwrecked on the Marlins.
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