Though he has long been considered one of baseball’s most prodigious sluggers, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will use the 2014 Home Run Derby to show off the talent that has been hidden under the Marlins curtain.
He will stay as cool as the other side of the pillow and continue to pull off his mammoth power, the same that he showed off when the Marlins first opened their new ballpark and he broke the scoreboard. He will do that in front of an audience that overlooked him for a All-Star roster spot in the outfield, ultimately putting his exceptional arm and above average fielding to no use for the NL.
Tonight will mark the night he makes his Josh Hamilton-esque breakout into the spotlight among the game’s brightest stars. If he goes on to win the derby, fans will not overlook him in years to come. It will only help the 24-year-old build his career as a perennial All-Star, especially as he gains more experience and could eventually have a better team built around him.
Expect a lot of fireworks tonight from all 10 representatives in the Home Run Derby, but Stanton easily has the most raw power and will make everyone watching baffle at the talent he possesses. He will be even more exciting to watch than fellow outfielders Yasiel Puig and defending champion Yoenis Cespedes.