Even though the Miami Marlins gutted their lineup this off-season, one player that remained during the team’s rebuilding process was superstar outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton amazingly crushed 37 home runs in just 123 games in 2013 for fantasy baseball owners and really flexed his power throughout the season. The slugger missed a month after a minor knee injury, so he could have easily hit the 50-home run plateau. He has more fantasy potential than any outfielder not named Mike Trout.
Stanton is just 23 years old, so the kid still has a decade left of hitting balls out of the ballpark. He will only get better as a hitter as he matures and his .290 batting average was one of the most underrated stats from this past fantasy season. Most power hitters finish the year with a batting average of around .270, but Stanton has been a much better hitter than expected at this point in his young career.
Stanton also tips the scales at a massive 248 pounds and may be better suited as an NFL middle linebacker. However, his pure power is literally intimidating at the plate and will cause most pitchers to sweat simply by seeing him step into the batter’s box. Stanton hits some of the longest home runs in the sport and will no doubt crush some long bombs off some of the best pitchers in the game in 2013.
The right-fielder also hit three more homers in 2012 compared to his 2011 totals, despite playing in 17 less games. His numbers are still limited by the amount of RBI opportunities he gets in Miami, which doesn’t look to be too often. Also, with such a lackluster supporting cast, Stanton will likely not see too many hittable pitchers. However, this slugger only needs one pitch to make a difference for fantasy owners.
Stanton is still the best power-hitting prospect in the game and is the ultimate fantasy keeper. He has power that would make Albert Pujols blush, so he certainly has the skill set to lead the MLB in homers in the near future. Look for him to easily eclipse 40 homers this year and become a top-five fantasy option in the outfield.