Very deep, steps from the fence, outfielders position themselves every time the Miami Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton step into the batter box.
His fly balls are high and deep shots, if they are not homers.
In a down season, Stanton hit 24 home runs coming from his season high of 37 homers in 2012. While he had an AB/HR of 17.7, his MLB career AB/HR is still good, averaging 14.9.
Of his homers in the 2013 season, Stanton’s shortest home run traveled 369 feet, one of the seven homers to go below 400 feet. The farthest of his homers landed 463 feet away from the plate, with an elevation of 104 feet at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The swing of his home runs never decreased from 100.4 mph this year.
In 2012, Stanton hit one of 494 feet at the Coors Field in Colorado. The velocity of his swing on this one was 116 mph. The fastest swing he had in 2012 was 122 mph against Colorado Rockies’ Jamie Moyer. The ball broke the scoreboard on Marlins Park’s left field flying 462 feet.
Stanton is yet to hit a ball softly over the fence. He has no lucky home runs or just enough, categories ESPN Home Runs Tracker uses to measure home runs quality, where even Miguel Cabrera has his name spelled out there.
His homers remind everyone of ‘90s blasts, the so-called steroid era; only that his power is raw and will be contained in the park if a Hollywood’s superhero plays the outfield.