First anniversary for Stanton

MIAMI — Exactly one year ago, the much anticipated arrival of Mike Stanton to the big leagues took place when the Marlins were at Philadelphia.

In his MLB debut on June 8, 2010, the young slugger had three singles in five at-bats.

A year later, Stanton is a fixture for Florida in right field. The 21-year-old is one of the rising young power hitters in the game. He’s batting .254 with 13 homers and 33 RBIs.

In his first 365 days in the big leagues, he has 35 homers, 92 RBIs to go along with a .257 batting average in 156 games.

A year ago, he belted 22 homers in 100 games, pacing all MLB rookies in home runs.

“The ceiling is very high for him,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “We don’t want to limit him by putting numbers on him for how good he can be, because nobody knows.”

As impressive as he has been, Stanton currently is in a big of a slide. He’s 2-for-17 on the homestand.

To help Stanton regroup, Rodriguez gave him a day off on Wednesday in the second of three games against the Braves. Scott Cousins made the start in right field.

“He’s learning to be a hitter now,” Rodriguez said. “Even these 12 months, he’s putting the numbers he’s putting up now are outstanding numbers for any Major Leaguer. You have to take into consideration that he’s been very inconsistent at the plate.

“Some times he looks like Willie Mays out there. Sometimes you wonder. But the numbers he’s put up the first year for him have been amazing.”

Joe Frisaro

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