Giancarlo Stanton made his 2013 PNC Park debut, but it came after the trade deadline. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Picture Giancarlo Stanton.
Nope, he's bigger than that.
The Marlins' hulking, slugging right fielder is built like an NFL tight end, and maybe he would be one right now had pesky ol' baseball not gotten in the way. In his salad days as Mike Stanton, he was a great high school wide receiver recruited by schools like USC.
Now the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Stanton does not catch bombs, he launches them, hitting 37 home runs last year. But he has noticed something different about this MLB season. Pitchers are avoiding him, throwing under 40 percent of their pitches to him in the strike zone for the lowest mark in baseball.
"You gotta be a little more patient this year when you're not getting as much in the strike zone," Stanton said as his Miami Marlins are in Pittsburgh this week.
But it seems to be fine by him. He is waiting out his pitches (swinging at a career-l...
James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person.