Tales of Giancarlo

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(By Dave)

Note: I have no idea why the rest of this post is in bold, SO BACK OFF

Mike Stanton has been hitting the ball very well and far lately.  Let’s dig a little deeper.

The 21-year-old outfielder is batting just .235 on the year with six homers, 23 RBIs, a .445 slugging and an 11/55 BB/K ratio. Those are not the kind of numbers that inspire conga lines.

But these might:

.313-21-52 line in just 192 at-bats with Double-A Jacksonville.

And so might these:

Over his last 11 games, Stanton’s batting .297 (11-for-37) with four homers, four doubles, 10 RBIs and a .730 slugging percentage. If that wasn’t enough, and perhaps it isn’t, he’s also shown a more-mature-but-sure,-it’s-not-incredible 5/11 BB/K ratio in that span, and he’s only fanned once in his last five games. Show me progress!

With a free-swinging approach, it only makes sense that it would take some time for Stanton to morph into a Major League hitter. And to take an Ian Kay approach to this little writeup, Stanton is owned in only 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Personally, I’d rather take a flier on his power potential than keep the likes of Jose Bautista, Brennan Boesch and maybe even Colby Rasmus. 

1 Comment

I appreciate your insight on this matter, as I acquired Brennan Boesch several weeks before picking up Stanton. Boesch projected extremely well when I first saw him on TV, while Stanton was considered to be an exceptional top prospect before the season started. Boesch appears to have been figured out by AL pitchers for the moment, while the reverse applies to Stanton. I expect great things from both of them next season! As for Colby Rasmus, I now regret protecting Julio Borbon ahead of him. Hope this helps, and good luck to all in the second half!

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