Nine games into the 2013 season, Giancarlo Stanton stands alone as the biggest fantasy baseball bust of 2013.
The 23-year-old slugger is hitting just .167 with but one measly run scored and nothing else. Yes, nothing else. He hasn’t managed a single RBI, much less a home run, and the result has been an utterly horrid offense for the Miami Marlins.
The team’s combined 15 RBIs are one less than what Chris Davis drove in on his own over the first four games of 2013. Even the Houston Astros, of all teams, have more doubled their 16 runs scored on the season. Heck, the Astros scored that many runs in a single game just this week.
It’s hard to say whether Stanton’s deep slump is a cause or a product of the offensive futility down in Miami, but he’s done nothing to live up to his high draft position either way. Those who drafted him are likely feeling the bite, leaving those who passed to breathe a sigh of relief.
For those breathing a sigh of relief, though, now is not the time for that. Now is the time to trade for him.
Yes, he’s been among the worst hitters in baseball playing on the worst offense in baseball, but Stanton managed only one home run in April of 2012. He then launched 28 in May and June. This slump can’t last forever, and a look at Stanton’s career stats shows him to be a notoriously slow starter.
In 52 career April games, he’s hit three home runs. In 57 May games, he’s hit 21. So don’t let a rough start scare you away. Even though the lineup surrounding him is terrible, the young slugger hit 37 long balls in virtually two-thirds of a season last year. There’s no reason he can’t get to 30 in 2013.
Overall, Stanton’s stock may never be lower this year than it is now. He could be an absolute steal if you can make the right deal, the kind that makes a good team great. So I say fire away to whoever owns him in your league. At the very least, you’ll get a solid outfielder for cheap.