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What can we expect from Giancarlo Stanton?
- Updated: February 28, 2012
Let’s talk about Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton is entering the 2012 season at twenty-two years old and looking for his first All-Star selection.
Officially debuting on June 8, 2010 against the Washington Nationals, Stanton went 3 for 5 and scored 2 runs. He finished his impressive rookie year with 22 HR, 59 RBI, and a batting average of .259 in 100 games.
Stanton’s sophomore season was even more impressive, despite starting the season slow, only slugging 2 HR and 9 RBI in April. In May, he caught FIRE, with 9 HR and 20 RBI’s. Ultimately finishing the first half with 18 HR and 51 RBI with a batting average of .255.
Despite not making the NL All-Star squad, Stanton had an impressive 2011, notching his first walk-off HR on July 6th against the Phillies, as well as crushing the longest home runs at four different stadiums in 2011 (Citi Field: 465 feet, Nationals Park: 455 feet, Coors Field: 475 feet, and Sun Life Stadium: 466 feet). Impressed yet? Stanton finished his second year on an even higher note than his first with 34 HR, 87 RBI, and a batting average of .262.
So what can we expect from Giancarlo Stanton in his third season? Here are some predictions of Stanton’s 2012 season by some of the major projection systems:
Stanton’s sure to put up some big numbers, but there are some offensive categories that he needs work on, for him to become elite:
Cut down on Ks: In 2010 he struck out 123 times in 359 AB and in 2011 he struck out 166 times in 516 AB.
Less Solo HRs: Of Stanton’s 34 HRs last year, a whopping 25 were with no one on base! With the addition of Jose Reyes setting the table in the top of the order, this number can only improve and lead to some big RBI totals. Look for Stanton to post his first 100+ RBI season.
If we see these adjustments, you can no doubt pencil him in for a heck of a season and, no doubt, his first All-Star selection.
Here’s our predictions of Giancarlo Stanton’s 2012 season:
Jacobo Hakim: 92 R, 38 HR, 107 RBI, 6 SB, .268 AVG, .358 OBP
Michael Coy: 83 R, 41 HR, 115 RBI, 5 SB, .272 AVG, .360 OBP