Two out of his first five years Giancarlo Stanton has eclipsed the 30-home-run mark and now at 24-years-old, Stanton is on pace to break the mark again for the third time in his short career.
The Miami Marlins outfielder is leading the NL with 21 home runs and 63 RBIs. Stanton is an early candidate for the NL MVP, but will have some stiff competition, especially if the Marlins do not make the playoffs. Stanton has been completely healthy and is making a serious impact as usual. His terrific play, however, is only furthering the speculation that he may get traded to another team at some point.
The Marlins are playing better, and it has been reported that Stanton is happy with the direction of the team. His incredible play should earn him a big-money contract extension. The slugger also showed off some of his raw power in his first-round performance at the 2014 Home Run Derby on Monday. Although he did not win, he showed the world that he is deserving of any type of mega deal he is going to get.
Miami has a special player in Stanton and need to lock him up as soon as possible. This season is only proving why he deserves the extension. His career high in home runs is 37, the amount he hit in 2012. There is a chance he could hit 40 home runs or more this year, potentially lifting Miami into the playoffs. He is going to need a big second half to push the Marlins this season.