Daily Futures: A sequel to "The Natural"
Mike Stanton in his last two games: 7-for-8 with five home runs. Yes, five.
More Powah!Mike Stanton, OF, Florida Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville)
Monday's stats: 3-for-4, 3 HR (9), 3 R, 7 RBI, BB, K
The scary thing here? Stanton hit a pair of bombs on Sunday as well (part of a 4-for-4 night), so in his last two games he's gone 7-for-8 with a double and five (count 'em five) home runs. He's quickly become the minor league leader in home runs and he should remain so -- unless the Marlins call up the 20-year-old power prodigy. It's a risky endeavor for a player so young, but Stanton's tools and approach (17 walks) just might be ready for it. With a .338/.482/.800 line in 17 games for the Suns, he certainly has nothing left to prove in the Southern League.
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KEITH LAW'S TOP 25 PROSPECTS
The rankings are limited to players who still have rookie eligibility; that means they have yet to exceed 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the majors and have not yet spent 45 days on the active roster of a major league club, excluding call-ups during the roster expansion period after Sept. 1.
Click on a player's name to go to his individual scouting report (from January, click above for updates):
|1||Stephen Strasburg, RHP, WAS|
|2||Carlos Santana, C, CLE|
|3||Buster Posey, C, SFO|
|4||Mike Stanton, OF, FLA|
|5||Desmond Jennings, OF, TAM|
|6||Martin Perez, LHP, TEX|
|7||Domonic Brown, RF, PHI|
|8||Dustin Ackley, CF, SEA|
|9||Jesus Montero, C, NYY|
|10||Aroldis Chapman, LHP, CIN|
|11||Jeremy Hellickson, RHP, TAM|
|12||Casey Kelly, RHP, BOS|
|13||Aaron Hicks, RHP, MIN|
|14||Mike Trout, OF, LAA|
|15||Brett Wallace, 1B, TOR|
|16||Logan Morrison, 1B, FLA|
|17||Zach Britton, LHP, BAL|
|18||Tyler Matzek, LHP, COL|
|19||Michael Taylor, OF, OAK|
|20||Kyle Gibson, RHP, MIN|
|21||Shelly Miller, RHP, STL|
|22||Josh Vitters, 3B, CHC|
|23||Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC|
|24||Lars Anderson,1B, BOS|
|25||Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC|