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http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/marlins/2009/10/25/michael-stanton-florida-marlins-top-prospect-shut-down-from-arizona-fall-league-with-sore-back/

 

 

Michael Stanton, Florida Marlins’ top prospect, shut down from Arizona Fall League with sore back

 

by Joe Capozzi Right-fielder Michael Stanton’s Arizona Fall League season is over. The Marlins shut him down because of a sore back.

 

“It’s nothing major. It’s just a sore back,� said Jim Fleming, the Marlins’ player development director.

 

Stanton, the Marlins’ top prospect, is expected to be ready and pain-free when spring training starts in February at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

 

Stanton, 19, was leading all players in the AFL with a .478 batting average. He was replaced on the Mesa roster by Greg Burns.

 

Fleming said Stanton’s back got sore from “everyday wear and tear� and not on a specific play or swing. He went 3 for 4 in his last game on Thursday and was examined by a doctor after complaining about soreness the next day.

 

“He’s fine,� Fleming said of Stanton. “It’s precautionary. He just needed to be shut down.�

 

 

Now we know why Stanton hadn't been playing the last few games

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Stanton, 19, was leading all players in the AFL with a .478 batting average.

o_O How many games had he played in??

 

 

He had been in six games and had 23 AB's with 11 hits, 1HR, 2RBI, 3BB, 8K, 4SB and 2CS. 2K http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=OF&sid=l119&t=p_pbp&pid=519317'

Ah, OK. Was thinking it was a bigger sample size.

Not good, though, 8 strikeouts in 23 ABs... Can't be too healthy.

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Stanton, 19, was leading all players in the AFL with a .478 batting average.

o_O How many games had he played in??

 

 

He had been in six games and had 23 AB's with 11 hits, 1HR, 2RBI, 3BB, 8K, 4SB and 2CS. 2K http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=OF&sid=l119&t=p_pbp&pid=519317'

Ah, OK. Was thinking it was a bigger sample size.

Not good, though, 8 strikeouts in 23 ABs... Can't be too healthy.

 

 

Actually, that kind of strikeout total is really Mike Stanton like.

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A few days old but just stumbled on it...

 

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_baseball_marlins/2009/11/florida-marlins-prospect-michael-stanton-not-ready-for-prime-time.html

 

 

Florida Marlins: Prospect Michael Stanton not ready for prime time

> Posted by Juan C. Rodriguez on November 3, 2009 11:10 AM

Top prospect Michael Stanton, who turns 20 on Sunday, will be in big league camp again this spring. He'll probably stay there through much of March. Regardless of how many Grapefruit League home runs he hits or how high his on-base plus slugging percentage soars, Stanton will NOT open the season on the big league club.

 

Stanton is coming off an extremely productive six-game stint in the prospect-rich Arizona Fall League. A stress fracture in his back cut short his AFL season, but Stanton through 23 at-bat was pacing the circuit with a .478 batting average.

 

"Because of where he's coming from and he doesn't have a lot of at-bats, we're not rushing here at all and there's no need for it," said Jim Fleming, Marlins vice president of player development and scouting. "Quite honestly, he's not ready to play in the big leagues right now based on what he did this year. We gauge this year more than spring training. He's making great strides and you don;t want to get caught up in the excitement of who he is and who he can be and have him get there too soon."

 

Stanton was a multi-sport athlete at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He doesn't have quite the number of at-bats of a guy that's dedicated himself to baseball. The Marlins were hoping the AFL would help remedy that.

 

The other goal the Marlins wanted Stanton to accomplish was to get back to his Class-A Jupiter form. Stanton batted .294 with 12 homers, 39 RBI and a .390 on-base percentage for the Hammerheads. His offensive numbers dipped upon his promotion to Double-A Jacksonville, where he had a .311 OBP.

 

"Mike has a tendency to stride too far and have too much movement," Fleming said. "We wanted to soften his stride and shorten the stride, and that's where it was in Jupiter. That's exactly where he got to [in the AFL]. His pitch recognition was up and his ability to cover the strike zone went up. Some of the sliders and breaking balls away he wasn't getting to in Double-A, he was getting to there. That's really all we wanted."

 

Stanton will take three or four weeks off to let his stress fracture heal before starting a four-week rehab program.

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