Who’s Hot: Giancarlo Stanton
If you take away the busy, technicolor, Miami Vice-like uniforms, Miami Marlins youngster Mike… Giancarlo Stanton is an absolute beast, and the numbers prove it. After hitting just 1 home run in the month of April, fans questioned the 22-year-old right fielder, as the should have. Through the first 21 games, Stanton was batting .247 but the real concerns lied in the power numbers. 1 home run, 9 RBI, 5 total extra base hits and just a .342 on base percentage was what Marlins fans were dealing with in the first month of the season. Now I don’t think anyone was clamoring for him to be traded or sent down to the minors but many, Stanton included, were becoming frustrated.
Things have since turned. In 27 games (and 102 official at-bats) in May, Stanton has 11 home runs, 2 of which are grand slams, along with 9 doubles, 27 RBI, 15 walks, a .324 batting average and a monstrous slugging percentage of .735. Wow. Baseball is a funny game; one day you can be tearing it up and then you go ice cold for a month, and, in Stanton’s case, vice versa. This past month we’ve seen him hit a walk-off grand slam to dead center, break a scoreboard and even hit a shot that cleared The Clevelander, a night club located inside of Marlins Park.
We’ve had some unbelievable starts to this season with Matt Kemp’s MVP-esque April, Josh Hamilton’s 9 home run week, David Wright batting .400 for the first 43 games and Paul Konerko just being a straight up monster but Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton absolutely deserves to be in the discussion. So, what have we learned this May in Miami? Stanton has showed us that he wields one of the most powerful bats in all of baseball and he’s not even 23 years old yet. Watch out folks, when this guy comes up to bat stop what you’re doing, put your drink down and duck. As they say, April showers bring May flowers, and Giancarlo Stanton is absolutely crushing it.
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