March 31, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #21 Mike Stanton

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #21 | Mike Stanton | Marlins

Position | Outfield

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| November 8, 1989 (Panorama, California)

| Notre Dame High School

| 6'5''

| 225 lbs.

2008 Ranking | Not Ranked

The Florida Marlins drafted Mike Stanton in the second round of the 2007 draft. Despite having a baseball scholarship to USC and football scholarships to UCLA and UNLV, Stanton decided to turn pro, and it has so-far been the right decision. At just 18-years-old, Stanton was second in all the Minor Leagues last season with 39 home runs and lead the South Atlantic League in categories such as Slugging Percentage, Extra-Base Hits and Total Bases. He has extreme raw power potential but like many power hitters, he strikes out a helluva lot. He has a good arm and plays good enough defense to project as a strong right fielder when he is ready to play for the Marlins. The team probably shouldn't rush him, but with the team in complete rebuild-mode, they could be more aggressive with him.

2008 Statistics
Level    G    PA    AVG    OBP    SLG   XBH    HR    K
A      125   540   .293   .381   .611    68    39  153

2009 Outlook

Stanton will likely be in Advanced-A with the Jupiter Hammerheads. It will be a real test for him playing in the pitching-tough Florida State League after playing in the hitter-friendly South Atlantic League in 2008.


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