1. Giancarlo Stanton (35.5)
In a development that should surprise exactly nobody, Giancarlo Stanton tops our Top 50 list.
Stanton is a six-foot-six, 245 lb. outfielder from Panorama City, CA. Born on November 8th, 1989, he was the Marlins second round pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Entry Draft, 76th off the board.
Stanton made his major league debut with Florida in the 2010 season, when he played in 100 games and hit 22 home runs with 59 RBI. He struck out 123 times in 396 plate appearances, approaching but never whiffing over a third of the time.
Despite his strikeout woes, Stanton was capable of launching a ball into the upper atmosphere nearly every time he came to the plate. His 267 career homers with the Marlins easily leads the leaderboard, over 100 more than second place Dan Uggla.
Stanton made the all-star team for the Marlins four times in his eight seasons with the ball club, winning Silver Slugger Awards in 2014 and again in 2017. He led the National League in slugging percentage in 2012, when he hit 37 taters with 86 RBI. His 37 home runs two seasons later was enough to lead the Senior Circuit as well, along with a .555 SLG and 299 total bases.
2017 would be Stanton’s signature campaign. He played in a career-best 159 games and hit .281/.376/.631, with 59 home runs and 132 RBI to lead the major leagues.
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We all know the next part of the story, but if you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years, you should know the Marlins traded Stanton to the New York Yankees. In return, Miami received Jose Devers, Jorge Guzman, and two years of Starlin Castro.
Stanton has hit .268/.349/.507 in his two seasons with the Bombers, racking up only 41 homers. He missed nearly all of the 2019 season with an injury, and stands to recover nicely in 2020.
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