Who you gonna call? The Marlins call Mike to the Majors: Stanton to start on Tuesday

Posted by Andy Durham on June 7, 2010 at 10:49 am under Professional | Comments are off for this article

Former Greensboro Grasshopper outfielder Mike Stanton is making the move to the Majors and it is happening quickly…..

from www.fanhouse.com:

The top hitting prospect in the minors will make his major league debut on the same day as the top pitching prospect.

The Marlins have decided to call up outfielder Mike Stanton from Double-A Jacksonville, according to multiple reports, and with an off day for Florida on Monday, that means he’s likely going to make his first start in the big leagues in Philadelphia on the same day that Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the first time in Washington.

The Marlins designated infielder Mike Lamb for assignment to make room for Stanton on the roster. They also optioned outfielder Brett Carroll to the minors and recalled pitcher Rick Vanden Hurk and infielder Emilio Bonifacio.

Stanton, ranked second by FanHouse scout Frankie Piliere in his Top 100 Prospects entering the season, has big power. Before getting pulled out of the lineup Sunday, he had a .311 average, 21 home runs and a .726 slugging percentage all at Double-A, but making contact has been an issue. Stanton has 53 strikeouts this season, and he hit just .255 last year with 144 whiffs across two levels last year.

Share: It’s not immediately obvious where Stanton will play, but Florida certainly isn’t calling him up to sit on the bench, so expect to see more of reigning NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan and one-time highly touted prospect Cameron Maybin on the sidelines. Coghlan and Maybin, both outfielders, have struggled badly in 2010.

Currently eighth in the NL in runs scored, the Marlins could use an offensive spike as they try to get back into the East race with the Phillies and Braves.

As for the Strasburg-Stanton connection, it may be purely coincidental. On the other hand, what better day to promote your team’s top young prospect than the day the entire baseball world will be focused on the best pitching prospect of all-time?

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