Stanton big debut

It didn’t take Mike Stanton to produce at a higher level.

Making his first appearance for Double-A Jacksonville on Friday night, Stanton went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 5-2 win over Carolina.

Stanton, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, was promoted after 50 games at Class A Jupiter. The 19-year-old right fielder batted fifth in the lineup for Jacksonville.

With Stanton now at Double-A, he could become a September call-up before his 20th birthday.

A second-round pick in 2007, Stanton is an imposing 6-foot-5, 225-pounder, who hit 12 home runs and dove in 39 runs in 50 games in the Florida State League, which is not known as a hitter’s league. He was batting .294 witha .578 slugging percentage when he was promoted.

Jacksonville soon also expects to get back the services of left-handed hitting slugger Logan Morrison, who has been out since the first week of the season with a fractured bone in his right thumb.

Morrison sustained his injury while playing first base. The plan is to switch him to left field when he is activated.

– Joe Frisaro

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