Stanton showcases strong arm
Mike Stanton has created plenty of attention with his bat. The 20-year-old rookie right fielder has 20 home runs since arriving to the big leagues on June 8.
During the first two games in Milwaukee, though, Stanton has made an impact with his arm. On Friday night, he threw out two runners, giving him three assists thus far in the series.
In his first 89 big league games, Stanton now leads all Marlins outfielders in assists with nine.
Stanton’s surge moved him past Chris Coghlan, who had seven in 90 games before he was sidelined with season-ending knee surgery.
As a team, the Marlins have had 35 outfield assists this year. Cody Ross had six assists, while Cameron Maybin and Logan Morrison each have four. Emilio Bonifacio has three, while Brett Carroll added two.
In terms of team history, Stanton’s nine assists ties him with Todd Dunwoody (1998) for the fourth most by a Marlins’ rookie outfielder.
Stanton is now closing in on Preston Wilson, who is third on the team list with10 in 1999. Jeff Conine is second with 11 in 1993.
Still, don’t look for Stanton to challenge the club rookie record.
The Marlins all-time mark for rookie outfield assists has stood for 12 years, and it should remain for a while longer. In 1998, Mark Kotsay posted 20 assists, which also is an overall franchise record.
– Joe Frisaro