No rushing Stanton
Not since Miguel Cabrera was moving rapidly through the Marlins system has the organization has a prospect who has created as much attention as outfielder Michael Stanton.
The 19-year-old from California is starting to compile impressive numbers at Class A Jupiter. Through 22 games, the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder is hitting .289 with five home runs, 15 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .518.
With his immense talent, it could be tempting to push him fast through the system. In 2003, Cabrera reached the big leagues at age 20, with less than a half season of Double-A ball under his belt.
Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said there is no timetable to speed Stanton through the system. Whenever Jim Fleming, the team’s vice president of player develpment and scouting, makes a recommendation, the team will then decide.
A year ago, slugger Logan Morrison spent a full season at Class A Jupiter, and now he is at Double-A Jacksonville.
“There is no magic formula,” Beinfest said. “When Jim makes a recommendation that it’s time for him to go, and he thinks [Stanton] has done everything he needs to do in A-Ball, then he will be moved.
“It’s early still. This guy has barely played a month. We’ll make sure he is comfortable, and confident, and doing the things he needs to do. You just know when it’s the right time to move somebody. Morrison last year stayed in Jupiter all year. That’s not detrimental to his progress either.”
Morrison right now is recovering from a fracture to his right thumb, and he just started resumming activities.
“They are all different. They shouldn’t be looked upon as, ‘This guy stayed in A-Ball longer or shorter amount of time.’ “
— Joe Frisaro