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11/8/1989 (27 y, 3 m, 16 d)
2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 12, Overall: 76, Team: Florida Marlins
$325M / 13 Years (2015 - 2027) + 1 Option Years
Stanton will play for Team USA in the WBC, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. (2/9/2017)
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Just 20, Stanton had a very impressive 2010 season and has positioned himself well to have a solid sophomore season with The Fish. With the loss of Dan Uggla, though, there will be more pressure on Stanton to be a run producer -- and it also means he should be in a better position to produce RBIs. The right-handed hitter slugged 22 homers (.248 ISO rate) and could reach the 30+ mark in 2011 if he stays healthy. Stanton, though, could see another low batting average in the coming year due to his propensity for strikeouts (34.3 K%). He hit .259 in '10 but was aided by a high-ish BABIP of .330. Because he's one of the more high-profile young hitters, it's possible that Stanton will be overrated in 2011 drafts. Don't spend a high pick or a ton of auction dollars on him just yet. He's really only going to help you in the home run and RBI categories in 2011. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Despite being a sophomore, Stanton has the potential to offer big numbers in the homer and RBI categories. He could also rack up big K numbers, and produce a modest-at-best batting average.
Between his 2010 rookie campaign and 2011 sophomore effort, Stanton increased his walk rate (8.6% to 11.6%) and decreased his strikeout rate (31.1% to 27.6%), while also increasing his rate of home runs on contact (9.3% in 2010, up to 9.7% in 2011). That's basically all you could ask from a player who's already All-Star level at age 21. Mitigating the gains we might reasonably expect to see from Stanton's third year in the league is the prospect of Stanton's new home park. In a piece at RotoGraphs from November, Eno Sarris compared the new Marlins Ballpark to Sun Life Stadium (where Stanton played in 2010-11) and found that the new park is bigger in every direction but down the right-field line. And yet the left field walls are shorter. The addition of shortstop Jose Reyes and a healthy Hanley Ramirez should provide more RBI opportunities in either case. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Stanton's new home ballpark might not provide any sort of advantage relative to Sun Life Stadium, but he's a 22-year-old who's already become an elite power hitter.
Did you believe that Stanton was already at his power peak after posting a nearly 25% home run per fly ball ratio and .275 isolated slugging percentage back in 2011? Stanton certainly didn't, as his power increased even further as he finished with a monstrous .318 ISO this time around. He even managed to contribute positively in batting average for the first time driven by a career best batting average on balls in play combined with an uptick in that HR/FB rate. The question now is how a weak lineup around him will affect his opportunity to score and drive in runs. He might find it difficult to break the 100 RBI barrier despite hitting 40 long balls, and that's going to have a negative effect on his fantasy value. (
The Quick Opinion:
Despite missing a month to a knee injury that required surgery, Stanton still set a new career high in home runs. He should remain an elite fantasy hitter, though a weak supporting cast around him will hurt his runs scored and batted in totals.
Shoulder issues and a hamstring injury limited Stanton to just 504 plate appearances, and it wouldn't be a surprise if that shoulder also played a role in his disappointing power output. Both his isolated power and home run per fly ball rates finished at career lows, but his average home run and fly ball distance actually increased, though. So the power was still in there somewhere. On an historically weak Marlins offense that easily scored the fewest runs in baseball, it was no surprise that Stanton was only able to muster 62 runs scored and batted in. Extrapolating those marks over 600 at-bats would result in totals of just about 88, which would be quite low for someone who was on a pace for 34 home runs. Given his issues making contact, he should continue being treated as the new peak form version of Adam Dunn -- any batting average above Dunn is then bonus. (
The Quick Opinion:
Though Stanton's power output was down at career worst levels, his batted ball distance increased, suggesting no real decline actually occurred. But with continued contact issues and a weak surrounding lineup hampering his counting stats, fantasy owners might want to rein in the expectations.
How much more can Giancarlo Stanton give us? After putting together his finest season as a pro at 24, there isn't much room for improvement. Stanton is already one of the best sluggers in baseball, slowly whittling down his strikeout numbers as he maintains his great patience and prodigious power at the plate. Now signed long-term in Miami, Stanton can focus on getting back into game shape after an errant pitch to the face prematurely ended his 2014 season. For all his brilliance and prodigious power, Stanton still struggled against sliders down and off the plate in 2014. If the big righty can improve his pitch recognition in this area and learn to lay off those slide pieces off the plate, his strength and ability to square up just about any other kind of pitch makes him nearly unstoppable. As teams shift their infield defense against Stanton, he can take a page from the Jose Bautista book and go the other way to earn some cheap singles, making him a dual threat as nearly any other pitch could end up in the seats. There is some room for improvement for Stanton, the rare type of player capable of making the adjustments to become an all-timer. (Drew Fairservice)
The Quick Opinion:
The game's premier slugger looks to further reduce strikeouts and use the whole field to become an unstoppable power hitting juggernaut.
The story of Stanton's 2015 season was the broken hamate bone that cost him about half the season. But don't overlook what he did when on the field. He was on pace to top 50 home runs at the time of his injury, but he regressed in the plate discipline department. He had been chipping away at his strikeout rate for a few years running, but his 29.9% strikeout rate was his highest since his rookie season. Also bothersome, his walk rate was four percent lower than it was the two years prior. You could argue that Stanton was consciously trying to hit for more power at the expense of making as much contact because his ground ball to fly ball ratio shifted heavily towards the fly ball side last year. The question is whether that's a trade-off fantasy owners would like him to continue making. Early projections have him swinging back towards a little more plate discipline and 40 home runs as opposed to 50 with more whiffs. And when Stanton hit 37 home runs with a .288 average in 2014, he finished third in RotoGraphs' end of season fantasy values. Few hit for even 40 home run power anymore, so if Stanton keeps his average up at the expense of 50 home run power, he'll have a power/average combo almost no one puts up anymore. (Brett Talley)
The Quick Opinion:
Stanton missed half of 2015 with a broken hamate bone, but when on the field he seemed to be trading some improved plate discipline back for more elevation and extra power and was on pace for 50 home runs. Projections have him swinging back to the 40 home run range with a solid average, but whether he goes that route or hits 50 with a lower average, he has to be drafted as a top five outfielder at worst.
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