Saturday, October 26, 2013

Should the Phillies pursue Giancarlo Stanton?




Stanton studies a pitch from an appearance at Citizens Bank Park




He started his baseball career as Mike Stanton, a prospect with a lot of potential for the then Florida Marlins. He didn't disappoint. Stanton banged out 22 home runs in his first season in 2010, appearing in 100 games. He then went on to hit 34 homers in his second year, and 37 in his third season. All the while the Marlins have gone no where. Not because of Stanton, but due to the fact that the Marlins, now the Miami Marlins decided to disband their team more than a few times and start from scratch down there in South Florida.

2014 is an arbitration eligible year for Stanton, if the Marlins and him don't reach an agreement, Stanton can take his case to arbitration, where he will certainly probably make more than what the Marlins offer him, of course unless they offer him a multi-year deal that takes him to free agency status in 2017.

It's understandable that Ruben Amaro wants to sign Giancarlo, which is the name that Stanton prefers to be called as of the 2012 season, his name is Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton.

Stanton dropped in his home run production in a big way in 2013, he dipped down to 24 in a season that only say him play 116 games, Stanton has never put in a full 162 game season in the majors, and that's a concern. The closest he's come to that was 150 games in his second season, he's young and that should be more of a consistent number throughout his career, but it isn't.

Stanton can hit home runs, his batting average though is another matter, last year he was at .249 on this season, and 62 RBI. He had 140 strikeouts in 425 AB's on the season, doesn't that remind you of another Phillies player who should be returning and has many strikeouts as well?

The Phillies shouldn't be overly aggressive in trying to land Stanton, the Marlins hold the keys to Stanton at this point, and they don't appear to be willing to let them go, and the Phillies shouldn't consider paying a big price for a player who kind of still has a lot of question marks.

Stanton by the numbers so far:

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
2010 20 FLA NL 100 396 359 45 93 21 1 22 59
2011 21 FLA NL 150 601 516 79 135 30 5 34 87
2012 22 MIA NL 123 501 449 75 130 30 1 37 86
2013 23 MIA NL 116 504 425 62 106 26 0 24 62
4 Yrs 489 2002 1749 261 464 107 7 117 294
162 Game Avg. 162 663 579 86 154 35 2 39 97
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/26/2013.

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