Here is a look back at the Miami Marlins 2012 season previews that we have done so far:
- Starting Pitching
- Who should lead off?
- Meet Giancarlo Stanton
- First Base
- Second Base
- Third Base
- Left Field
- Center Field
This is the position that I have been the most excited to preview. Over his first two seasons, Marlins fans have turned this man into a god in Miami. The obsession with him on MLB related shows, such as MLB Network and Baseball Tonight, have reached extreme levels.
Who am I talking about? None other then the starting right fielder for your Miami Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton!
The club has reportedly had interest in extending Stanton and 2012 could be a major ingredient in getting that done. Michael Jong of Fish Stripes has a good idea of what a possible extension for Stanton should look like:
Just based on this group of five players and the precedent they set, we could have basis for a contract for Stanton. Indeed, my proposed contract is very similar to the one that could be offered to Stanton in this case. Assuming he qualifies for Super 2 and receives a $1.2 million payday in his third arbitration season, the team could sign him to a deal this offseason that, based on the precedent the above contracts set, would be worthseven years and $44.2 million, which is actually smaller than the seven-year, $64 million contract I proposed earlier this offseason. However, the pay scale I proposed actually looks similar, if a bit shifted, which could have something to do with the uncertainty of whether certain players were scheduled to receive Super 2 status or not. A seven-year deal that encompasses the possibility of a Super 2 status may actually look closer to seven years and $57.2 million, which seems more appropriate for Stanton.
Here is a look at the right field depth chart:
Minor League Depth: Scott Cousins
In 2011, the most important number for Stanton to improve on was his number of strikeouts. Stanton showed clear improvement on that last season. In his rookie season, Stanton struck out in just over 31 percent of his plate appearances. In 2011, he lowered that rate to 27.6 percent.
According to Michael, Stanton improved on his strikeout rate two ways:
- He swung at more pitches inside the zone than he had in 2010. According to FanGraphs’s numbers based off Pitch F/X data, Stanton swung at 67 percent of pitches in the zone, compared to 60 percent last season.
- Pitchers were more fearful of Stanton and avoided the zone more often. Though he essentially swung at the same percentage of out-of-zone pitches and actually made less contact on those balls, Stanton saw more of those pitches and that helped him to draw more walks. Only 42 percent of pitches taken by Stanton were located in the zone last year, compared to 47 percent in 2010.
That is great news for the Marlins. Stanton showed improved plate discipline and showed that with a proper hitting coach, Stanton will be further able to cut down his strikeouts as he matures and develops a better eye at the plate.
Along with an improving plate selection for Stanton, Marlins fans should expect plenty of fly balls for Stanton. That is good news for the Marlins. In his first two seasons, Stanton has hit home runs in 24 percent of his fly balls. Only one player since 2009 has more home runs per fly ball (with at least 1000 AB’s) and that would be Jim Thome.
For the Marlins, that means the more fly balls that Stanton hits, the more home runs that will leave the park for the young slugger.
Stanton places with some nice company when it comes to comes to home runs. Here is the list of players with more than 50 homers before they turned 22.
|Def. Stat||Runs Above Average, 2010-2011|
|DRS (FanGraphs, Baseball-Ref)||+28|
|FRAA (Baseball Prospectus)||+21|
As I was writing this post, the Marlins optioned Scott Cousins down to Triple-A. This leaves the competition of backup outfielder down to just 4 players vying for two spots. I will have more on this later.
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