Giancarlo Stanton

#27 RF / Miami Marlins / EXP: 7YRS Height: 6-6 Weight: 249 lb Age: 27 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    Giancarlo Stanton recorded the five hardest hit balls of the 2016 season as measured by Statcast, finishing behind only Nelson Cruz in average exit velocity. Unfortunately, this didn't translate into the usual bang as Stanton slugged .489, the second lowest mark of his career. As usual, health played a part as Stanton missed time due to rib soreness, hip issues and a groin injury that was supposed to end his season in mid-August. However, he returned for most of September, albeit ineffectively, going 6-for-33 with two long balls. Contact remained an issue as Stanton whiffed at a 30 percent clip for the second straight season. Low contact means reliance on BABIP to sport a decent average, and Stanton's BABIP dropped to a career-low mark, yielding his worst-ever average and OBP. The optimist will use this to snag Stanton at a lower cost than the past several years, while the pessimist cites 2016 as affirmation that Stanton's too risky at such a high cost.

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    • Stanton crushed a mammoth, game-winning two-run home run in the fourth inning of Team USA's 6-3 victory Saturday over the Dominican Republic. The homer not only put the USA through to the semifinals of the WBC, it left Stanton's bat at an unfathomable 117.3 mph, the fourth-hardest-hit home run since Statcast began tracking exit velocity in 2015. He's struggled to stay healthy throughout his big league career, playing more than 140 games only twice in six seasons as a full-time Marlin, but when he's in top form, the 27-year-old possesses more raw power than anybody else in MLB.

    • Stanton went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, his first of the spring, in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets. Giving new meaning to the term "walk-off homer," Stanton crushed a line drive down the left field line in his final at-bat of the day before leaving camp to join Team USA for the WBC. As is always the case with the 27-year-old slugger, Stanton's fantasy value this season will depend on his ability to stay off the DL, not his prodigious power.

    • Stanton will play for Team USA at the WBC, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. He'll join the Orioles' Adam Jones and the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen in the starting outfield for Team USA, while his Marlins teammates Christian Yelich and A.J. Ellis will also be on the bench for the squad. Stanton is coming off the worst season of his career, as various injuries limited him to 119 games with a career-low .240 batting average and .815 OPS, and his inability to stay off the DL has so far prevented the 27-year-old from becoming the fantasy superstar his elite power would suggest he could be.

    • Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton: Sitting out finale
      By RotoWire Staff

      Stanton is out of the lineup for the team's season finale against the Nationals on Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Stanton will sit out each of the Marlins' final three games after returning earlier than expected from a groin issue. There's no indication the injury has resurfaced but Destin Hood will man right field in his place.

    • Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton: Out of Saturday's lineup
      By RotoWire Staff

      Stanton is not in Saturday's lineup against the Nationals,'s Joe Frisaro reports. The Marlins will rest several regulars Saturday as they play out the string against the Nationals. Jeff Francoeur will start in right field and hit fifth Saturday. Stanton has now sat out two games in a row, and it would not come as a big surprise if he was also absent from Sunday's lineup as he is fairly banged up at this point in the season.

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    2016 MIA 119 413 56 99 27 74 50 140 0 .239
    2015 MIA 74 279 47 74 27 67 34 95 4 .265
    TOTAL 827 2,980 453 792 208 540 402 977 34