First, I looked for anecdotal evidence on Mr. Stanton.  I found in 2007 the Red Sox offered to trade Manny to the Marlins, while paying his salary, for Mike Stanton.  The Marlins obviously refused.  Interesting, but the last time Marlins traded a prospect for a big name was exactly never.  Still, the Marlins (along with others) saw something in the then 17-year-old.  At 18, Stanton didn’t disappoint.  In Single-A, he hit 39 homers while slashing .293/.381/.611.  There’s light tower power in his man-frame of 6’5″, 210 lbs. (for those in San Diego, that’s 3 and a half David Ecksteins, but only three-quarters of a Kyle Blanks.  Or Blanks sans afro.).  Last year, Stanton continued his assault on minor league pitching in High-A, then hit his first roadblock at Double-A.  Unable to make the necessary adjustments, he saw the one part of his game that was exploitable exploited.  He’s a hacker.  Even when he hit the 39 homers in 125 games in A, he struck out 153 times.  Last year, he K’d 99 times in 79 Double-A games, which led to .231/.311/.455.  By far his worst showing in his young career.  (Scouting the Unknown took a further look at Mike Stanton’s minor league numbers in July.)  He’s still very young and he was killing it (<–courtesy of T.J. Lavin) in the Arizona Fall League.  Leading the league with a .478 average through 6 games, when he was shut down with a sore back.  Supposedly, it was just precautionary and he’ll be fine for Spring Training.  So what can we expect of Mike Stanton for 2010 fantasy baseball?

I expect him to be given a chance in Spring Training to show off his ginourmous power, but be sent to Double-A to start the season.  If he can make the necessary adjustments, we can see him around mid-season.  For all their frugality, the Marlins aggressively promote/play their prospects (then trade them when they hit arbitration. Lates, Uggla.).  He’ll only be 20 in 2010 and still might be a full year away from contributing in fantasy.  I wouldn’t touch Stanton in one year leagues until he is definitely playing on the Marlins.  In deep NL-Only and keeper leagues, he should be owned coming out of your 2010 fantasy baseball draft.

  1. big o says:

    you guys do a good job , pulling these unknowns out of the woodwork .
    cutting edge .
    i’ve only been with you a little over a year .
    perhaps the one thing i’ve learned is NOT to wait too long on your recommendations .

  2. Stephen says:

    Don’ forget about his potential for steals. He was, after all, recruited to play defensive back by (IIRC) Miami and he was offered a full scholarship to do so. Maybe he’s he next mini-mini-donkey (the midget-donkey?).

  3. GopherDay says:

    Midget-donkey…I like that.

    He is one of my favorite prospects right now. Mostly because of all the power.

  4. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Cool.

    @Stephen: Hehe

    @GopherDay: He does have big time power. Still a little ways away in mixed leagues, unless he gets the job out of Spring Training.

  5. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: What is his natural position? LF?

  6. brad says:

    Grey, when you say keeper leagues do you mean ones with unlimited keeper spots or would you grab him in a draft if your league only keeps 5 or 6 players?

    (Did that question make sense?)

  7. Grey

    Grey says:

    @brad: Depends on league size. In a deep keeper league that only kept 5 or 6 players, I’d grab him for my bench if I had room. Late in the draft, of course.

  8. Big Mike says:

    “@GopherDay: RF” Is it just me or is there a pretty big gap between LF/CF worth-owning and RF worth-owning guys? When I hear RF is a stud’s natural position I perk up … considering the big dropoff after 9 or 10 rightfielders.

  9. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @big o: 12 teams, 24 rounds, 12 hours per move calculates to over 4 months to complete. Am I missing something?

  10. big o says:

    @Simply Fred:
    12 hours per move is the max .
    after that , the computer will choose for you , if your time expires (usually the next ranked player)
    people who are in the room , when it’s their move to select , usually do so in under 2-3 minutes .

    effective utilization of the “queue” system also speeds up the draft .

    explanation of “queue” …..
    let’s suppose it’s kiwi steve’s turn to move , with you to follow .
    you know that you’re going to select an outfielder with your next pick , but you’re not sure who steve is going to pick , when he wakes up (yesterday ?? hehe) .
    so you place 2 outfielders in your queue , in the order in which you prefer them … say , 1. kemp , 2. beltran
    if steve screws you and snatches kemp , you automatically get beltran .
    if steve is a nice guy (don’t count on it) , and takes anyone but kemp ,
    then the computer would automatically draft kemp for you , because he is at the top of your queue .
    time saved = 12 hours , as your turn is completed instantaneously .

  11. big o says:

    9 spots left in the 2nd annual razzball slow mock draft
    over at couchmanagers .

    will you be participating this year ?

    you know that you’re going to get flooded with questions , again this year .

  12. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Not participating, but I’ll obviously field all questions. Maybe I’ll do a post on the results.

  13. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @big o: Time clock renews with each pick, solves my problem. I know I can count on Kiwi Steve to be ever-generous to me–hehe.

  14. big o says:

    on another site , the 2 resident experts are conducting their own 12-team slow mock draft , by alternating picks …. and giving their rationale .
    thus far :
    1. hanley …. positional scarcity
    2. kemp …. 30/30 … possible 30/40 potential

    obviously some readers are taking them to task for by-passing pujols ,
    but the defense is ==> that kemps’ numbers will improve , because he won’t be hitting 7-8th in the order for 69 games , like he did in ’09 .

    my problem is , if kemp bats clean-up the entire year , i expect his stolen base number to DEcrease .
    your thoughts on this ?

    wouldn’t you expect hanley’s stolen base number to decrease , if he were to bat in the middle of the line-up , all year long ??

    maybe some stat-folks can provide some numbers ???

  15. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Pujols is the number one pick then Hanley. Kemp’s between 7 and 10. Can’t pass by guys who have put up the numbers to take a guy because he can do something, especially in the first round.

  16. big o says:

    riggleman announced as skipper of natinals .
    his acceptance interview (live now on mlb-tv) sounds much like a retirement speech .
    not a lot of energy .
    certainly not an inspiring/motivational type of guy .

  17. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: How would you feel to manage the Nats? We have Garrett Mock? Yay!

  18. Steve says:

    @Simply Fred: There are no friends in a Razzball mock.
    @big o: I’m in.

    @Grey: Congratulations on the move only half-deserved. We can’t get into our new place until December 18, so we’re staying with my wife’s parents until then. Zoinks.
    So yesterday was about all of the effort but none of the reward. And yeah – we got three guys and their enormous truck to help.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Oh. Zoinks indeed. Is the new place much bigger than your last place, or was it primarily about moving to a different location?

  20. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Steve: We need a 12-hr per move mock to maneuver Club Penguin–thanks!

  21. Steve says:

    @Grey: Yeah it is a bit bigger. We loved our last place, but we had outgrown it. It’s a bit nicer suburb too with perhaps a slightly better school for the kids.

    House is older though – more like 100 yrs old as opposed to 80 years old!

  22. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Nice, hope you have room for me when I decide to come visit New Zealand.

  23. Steve says:

    @Grey: The day we move in, I’ll start getting the garden shed ready.

  24. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: FYI, I only sleep in hammocks.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Deal! I have those shorts too.

  26. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: Think Stanton is a threat for 50 homers?

  27. Mark says:

    Crazy how Mike Stanton learns a lesson. You won’t get any girls, not as much money and not close to the amount of fantasy attention as a set up guy. Congrats to him on getting into the DeLoreon and starting his career over as a power hitter.

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GopherDay: Nah, not really even close. Definitely not in Pro Player/Joe Robbie/Land Shark/Blockbuster/Marlins Stadium.

  29. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: What do you think about Price for next year? Post-hype sleeper?

  30. Tom says:

    I haven’t commented in about ten years, but I’ve enjoyed reading all the stuff. I don’t have a keeper league so there’s not a ton of Fantasy Baseball business for me these days. Keep up the good stuff.

    By the way, I wonder if Jamie McCourt owns all the Dodgers on her FANTASY team. That would explain some things.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GopherDay: I haven’t fully crunched the numbers, but I’m thinking I will like him. No reason why one season dings him that much.

    @Tom: re: McCourt – Ha!

  32. big o says:

    crunch ?
    as in Captain Crunch ??

    i may be off , by a few years , but ,
    back in the ’70’s captain crunch came out with a new (2nd) flavor .
    it was called ‘Nilla Crunch , and it was the best cereal ever made .
    no cereal , before or since , was ever this delicious .
    no sticky-residue caramel after-taste ,
    just pure sweet vanilla flavor .

    alas , the product only had a “run” of a year or two , before it was
    taken off the market .
    this began a series of life-events , leading to this conclusion :
    it seems the more i like something , the sooner somebody wants to
    take it away from me .

    today , all i have left is the spoon .
    the spoon is a marvelous invention .
    i whole-heartedly endorse spoons …. always have …. always will .
    my life would be poorer , without the spoon .

    and if the sons-of-bitches wanna take spoons away ,
    well , screw ’em .

  33. Elijah says:


    Does January Grey have his own parenthetical voice?

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: I love Nilla Wafers, was it anything like them? Cause, if so, that sounds wonderful.

    @Elijah: We’ll have to wait to see.

  35. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: The way these comments digress is really funny. On nearly all of your articles, the first 5-10 comments relate to the article, then slowly they get side-tracked into something random like Nilla flavored Capn’ Crunch!

  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GopherDay: Ha… Yeah, it’s the way of the Razz.

  37. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: “The way of the Razz you will learn” -Yoda

  38. Quintero says:

    @Grey: @Stephen: The moment is closing. We are having a waiver draft in my H2H dynasty(Batter Cats: R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,TB,FPCT,AVG,OPS).

    In front of me, it’s either Pedro Alvarez or Michael Stanton. Who should I get?

    None of them needs to play right away, and I got Butler at 1B/Stewart at 3B, no project at CI.

    (Smoak, Jesus Montero, Chris Carter, and Carlos Santana are all available, but I got Soto at C and might trade for a draft pick if Smoak or Carter drops)

    If I got Alvarez, then I might be set for corner for the next few years, but Stanton is kinda a tier ahead in terms of power.

    If I got Stanton, then I might have to look a project for future CI.

    What a decision! Feel like I’m taking this to seriously! Anyway, hope you guys could help me out on this. Thanks in advance.

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