Giancarlo Stanton: Stuck In Miami
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Satuday, March 16.2013
By Ryan Dana (MLB Reports Writer): Follow @ryandana1
Normally Miami is a desirable destination, but playing for their Major League Baseball team, the Miami Marlins, might be the one time it is not. It’s amazing how things have changed in the past year. Around this time in 2012 the Marlins moved into a brand new ballpark and opened up their wallets to sign big name free agents Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Heath Bell.
Now all 3 players have been traded, along with Marlins stars Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, Josh Johnson, and other solid players like Omar Infante, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck. The Marlins traded away nearly all significant contracts and veteran talent to rebuild. That is not what the fans in Miami wanted, and certainly not something their lone remaining star Giancarlo Stanton would find desirable.
Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins Right Fielder, is just 23 years of age, but his ability is on the baseball field is far beyond most players of his age. Stanton is 6’5” and weighs in around 245 lbs. He is about as intimidating a hitter as you will find. These days baseball talent evaluators will argue over the importance of how a player looks on the field, and what numbers are attached to their play.
There is no debating that Stanton is a top talent in both senses. He is a stud athlete who received offers to play for top colleges in his home state of California in both baseball and football, but he opted to go pro after being drafted by Miami (then Florida) in the 2nd round of the ’07 draft.
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A player with Stanton’s talent obviously fits in with any team but particularly Miami. Stanton fits in with the Marlins plan of acquiring as much young, cost-controlled, talent as possible. Unlike a lot of the other players involved in this plan, Stanton is far ahead of them developmentally. For a team which I would still consider to be a small budget team (although they tried to erase that notion last year, and subsequently regressed right back to it) getting rid of a player in Stanton’s situation is nearly unthinkable.
Stanton is already an established All-Star (2012), a member of the United States World Baseball Classic team, and one of the most powerful bats in all of baseball. At just 23 years of age Stanton is already putting himself in the MVP conversation. He is already vastly underpaid for his production due to low rookie contract salaries, so being the best player on a bad team is just another thing that could be irritating for him.
The Marlins have a “unique” outlook on their franchise. Owner Jeffrey Loria has a vision where the Marlins build around Stanton. Loria is hopeful about the Marlins future, but what else is an Owner supposed to say? It is hard to believe Loria these days after the guarantees he supposedly has made to former Miami stars about their place with the team.
Stanton has hit .270/.350/.553 since making his major league debut in 2010. His .608 Slugging% in 2012 led all of baseball. His Isolated Power was an off the charts .318 in 2012 far better than anyone who played a significant amount of games. His AB/HR was 12.1 which also would have led the Majors had he qualified for the league lead.
If Stanton could hone his plate discipline (has averaged 50 BBs – 144 SOs per season) then he could be nearly unstoppable. This will also be important since he is in a near barren lineup that will offer him little protection. When pitchers decide to pitch around him he will need to take the Walks instead of chasing bad balls.
While Stanton has the best “power tool” in the game, he is more than just that. His hit tool is always improving, and his speed tool isn’t half bad either. He actually has a solid arm and fielding tool that is also overshadowed by his ridiculous power. His career UZR/150 is 8.8, and his DSR over 3 seasons is 26.
It must be hard for Stanton to see the likes of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, two other up and coming stud Outfielders, play for serious contenders, but I think Stanton will make the best of his situation. I remember when the blockbuster trade between Miami and Toronto happened in November Stanton clearly voiced his displeasure via twitter.
From what I hear, and have seen, I think Stanton loves playing the game of baseball way too much to let any of this displeasure carry onto the field. Stanton might be stuck in Miami through 2016 (the year he is eligible for Free Agency) but I think he will continue to make the most of his time there, and his power will grow even more legen…wait for it…dary. (How I Met Your Mother Reference).
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A big thank-you goes out to our baseball writer Ryan Dana for preparing today’s featured article. Ryan is junior studying physical education with a concentration in coaching at Bridgewater State University. He has been playing baseball since he was 7 and coaching since he was 14. Ryan wants to be a college baseball coach once he graduates. Ryan is, and always will be, a diehard Boston Red Sox fan. Secondary to baseball, he is a big health and fitness enthusiast. You can find Ryan on Twitter . Follow @ryandana1.
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Posted on March 16, 2013, in MLB Player Profiles, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged all-star, anibal sanchez, bryce harper, emilio bonifacio, giancarlo stanton, hanley ramirez, heath bell, Home Runs, jeffrey loria, john buck, jose reyes, josh johnson, mark buehrle, miami marlins, Mike Trout, omar infante, power, rebuilding, toronto blue jays. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.