Rant Sports MLB Top 50 Players of 2014: No. 41 Giancarlo Stanton

By Zach Morrison
Giancarlo Stanton
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If you like home run hitters, then you are probably a huge fan of Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. If you are a fan of long, majestic home runs, then you probably can’t get enough of Stanton. He take a franchise like the Marlins, put them on his back and take them in a positive direction. It appears that he will have quite a bit of time to do so as the Marlins have said that they will not be trading him and that they intend to build around him.

In 2013, Stanton became the ninth-fastest player to reach the 100-HR milestone. It took Stanton just 400 games to hit his first 100 home runs; the fastest to hit 100 was Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies, who did it in 325 games. Stanton also became the 10th youngest player to hit 100 bombs.

His 2013 season was slowed because of injuries, but he did still hit 24 home runs in 116 games for the Marlins. His best season by far came in 2012 when he hit for a .290/.361/.608 slash line with a 156 wRC+ and 37 home runs. Last season, because of the Marlins having absolutely no other legitimate threat in the lineup, Stanton became a walk machine. Of his 504 plate appearances, 14.7 percent of them resulted in a walk.

Due to his immense power, many fans tend to think that Stanton is a one-trick pony. This isn’t the case. Stanton also works counts, draws walks and plays above-average defense in right field. He strikes out more than one would like, but this is a result of him working deep into counts and doing what he’s paid to do — swing hard and hit home runs. There is no “two-strike swing” for Stanton.

Stanton has been the subject of so much trade speculation ever since the Marlins made the mega-deal with the Toronto Blue Jays last offseason, but the Marlins’ general manager’s comments last week will probably put a stop to those rumors.

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