Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Yankees
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Stanton's highlight-reel blasts and career 13.4 HR/AB rate have long made him a chic early-round fantasy pick, with owners willing to bet on the unmatched power he could bring over a full season of good health. That gamble paid massive dividends in 2017 with the oft-injured outfielder, who hadn't played more than 125 games in five of his previous seven campaigns, avoiding the DL entirely and swatting an MLB-best 59 homers. Stanton also capitalized on the improved talent around him in the Miami lineup to compile 132 RBI and 123 runs, placing him first and third, respectively, in baseball. A six-point drop in strikeout percentage (to 23.6 percent) also offered optimism that the .281 batting average he submitted last season may be sustainable. Although Stanton's injury history makes him a riskier investment than other stars, he'll move into a much more hitter-friendly environment for his home games and benefit from a deep supporting cast in the lineup around him in 2018 and beyond after he was traded to the Yankees in December. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Marlins in November of 2014. Contract includes player options for the 2021 through 2027 seasons and a $25 million team option for 2028. Traded to the Yankees in December of 2017.
Sits out Sunday's lineup
OFNew York Yankees
September 30, 2018
Stanton is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Stanton was originally set to bat cleanup as designated hitter per usual, but the Yankees made a late change to replace him with Miguel Andujar. Thankfully it's not an injury situation, as the team would just like to get Stanton a full day off since he has played in 158 games this season. The 28-year-old will close the regular season with a .266/.343/.509 slash line with 38 home runs, 100 RBI and 211 strikeouts in 617 at-bats.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left 1.076 433 77 35 83 2 .308 .409 .668
Since 2016vs Right .848 1433 204 89 223 5 .252 .334 .514
2018vs Left 1.036 174 34 13 28 1 .316 .391 .645
2018vs Right .792 531 68 25 72 4 .249 .328 .465
2017vs Left 1.212 156 30 15 38 1 .323 .449 .764
2017vs Right .950 536 93 44 94 1 .270 .354 .596
2016vs Left .947 103 13 7 17 0 .273 .379 .568
2016vs Right .779 366 43 20 57 0 .231 .311 .468
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Since 2016Home .905 915 145 64 157 4 .260 .355 .550
Since 2016Away .895 951 136 60 149 3 .269 .347 .548
2018Home .779 341 50 20 49 2 .229 .311 .468
2018Away .921 364 52 18 51 3 .300 .374 .547
2017Home 1.104 329 65 31 68 2 .298 .416 .688
2017Away .923 363 58 28 64 0 .268 .339 .585
2016Home .826 245 30 13 40 0 .257 .335 .491
2016Away .804 224 26 14 34 0 .221 .317 .487
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
Stanton missed 88 games in 2015, but still managed to club 27 home runs and knock in 67 runs in just 318 plate appearances, earning as much as full-time starters like Lucas Duda, Carlos Santana and Pedro Alvarez. And despite missing half the season, Stanton hit four home runs of at least 460 feet, twice as many as the next best hitters. Stanton now has 181 home runs since entering the major leagues in 2010 despite missing an average of 47 games per season. Before the injury, Stanton was posting his best raw power numbers of his career. His .606 slugging percentage was just two points off a career high, and his .341 ISO (slugging percentage minus batting average) was a career high by over 20 points. Stanton is the premier power hitter in the game when healthy; if he can stay on the field, he should challenge 40 home runs.
Following a season in which Stanton set or tied career-best marks in home runs, RBI, walks, stolen bases, runs scored and on-base percentage, the Marlins decide to lock up their 25-year-old franchise slugger with the largest contract ever handed to a baseball player. Stanton inked a 13-year, $325 million pact to stay in South Florida through his 38th birthday and will attempt to justify that investment immediately by providing a sufficient encore to the performance that landed him a second-place finish in the National League MVP voting in 2014. Stanton's season ended on a scary note, as he missed the final two weeks after getting hit by a pitch in the face and suffering multiple fractures. He is expected to be fully recovered well ahead of spring training. Stanton offers strong defense in right field while also delivering immense power and run production and showing continual advancement in his offensive game that now includes above excellent run totals and double-digit steal potential.
A pitiful April (.227/.341/.387 in 20 games) followed by a six-week stint on the disabled list with a hamstring injury frustrated Stanton over the first half of the season, but the powerful outfielder got back on track down the stretch, posting a .272/.392/.558 line with 11 home runs over his final 41 games. Though 2013 will go down as a disappointment in the eyes of some, Stanton managed to put up a career-best 14.7 percent walk rate over 504 plate appearances, and his strikeout rate, contact rate and flyball percentage all remained in line with his career norms. Stanton sits with an impressive 117 home runs in his first four major league seasons -- an average of 39 long balls per 162 games played -- and at 24 years old, the 6-foot-6 slugger simply needs to stay on the field to remain a favorite for the NL home run crown. It doesn't hurt that he should also chip in excellent run production (thanks to the walk rate) regardless of who surrounds him in the lineup.
The power is no surprise at this point as Stanton mashed 37 long balls in just 123 games in 2012, giving him 93 over his first 373 major league contests. Stanton's true upside was put on display when he posted a .290 batting average over 449 at-bats last season. While his walk rate fell back a bit, Stanton was able to raise his OPS by 76 points to .969 in 2012, trailing only Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Braun in that category had he gained enough plate appearances to qualify. With a knee injury that required a midseason scope seemingly in his rear-view mirror, Stanton will set his sights on his first 40-homer season in 2013 as one of the league's premier power hitters.
While he didn't quite put up historic homer totals in his first full big league season, Stanton still smashed 34 bombs (many of the ICBM variety... the kid's got as much raw power as anyone in the game) and made major strides with his walk rate as a 21-year-old. He strikes out too much to be a reliable batting average supplier but figures to be an annual threat for 40-plus jacks. With Jose Reyes in town ahead of him in the batting order and a hopeful rebound from Hanley Ramirez, not to mention his own fierce work ethic, Stanton's first 100-RBI season should be well within reach in 2012.
Starting Stanton off in Double-A fooled no one but his arbitration clock, but as he had done the season before when making the jump from High-A to Double-A Stanton struggled after his promotion to the majors last season. A big finish (.312/.370/.578 in September/October) gave him entirely respectable numbers as a rookie, and those numbers look even better when you consider he was only 20 years old. The kid has thunderous, once-in-a-generation power that makes even his batting practice sessions a spectacle, and given his ferocious drive to improve we wouldn't bet against Stanton joining Eddie Mathews and Mel Ott as the only members of the "40 HR season as a 21-year-old" club.
After making a mockery of the power-suppressing ballparks of the Florida State League (12 home runs in 180 at-bats) Stanton got an early promotion to Double-A and finally hit a pro level he couldn't master right away. Considering that he was only 19 years old though, and that his bat came back to life at the end of the year (including a monster .478/.538/.609 line in a brief stint in the AFL this offseason), his timetable to the majors hasn't been affected at all. The strikeouts will probably keep him from being anything close to a .290 hitter in the big leagues, but Stanton's power is more than legitimate, and plenty of players have led their league in home runs with lesser batting averages. A decent showing at Triple-A this season will probably earn him a September callup, and a shot at the right field job with the Marlins in 2011.
The 2007 second round pick (not to be confused with quintessential journeyman reliever Mike Stanton) showed off all his strengths and weaknesses at Low-A last year, hitting for big-time power but striking out more often than anybody would like to see. His walk rate showed improvement as the season wore on, but that could be as much due to Sally League pitchers growing tired of straining their necks watching him hit their offerings over the fence as it was due to any skill growth on Stanton's part. He put himself on the prospect map in 2008, but now he needs to solidify his gains before he'll move into the upper echelons.
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Launches 38th homer
OFNew York Yankees
September 29, 2018
Stanton went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, an RBI double and a single as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox 8-5 on Saturday.
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Clubs two homers in rout
OFNew York Yankees
September 27, 2018
Stanton went 2-for-3 with two home runs, two RBI, two walks and three runs in Thursday's 12-1 victory over the Rays.
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Takes seat Friday
OFNew York Yankees
September 21, 2018
Stanton is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
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Cranks grand slam
OFNew York Yankees
September 20, 2018
Stanton went 1-for-3 with two walks and a grand slam Thursday against the Red Sox.
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Rare day off Sunday
OFNew York Yankees
September 2, 2018
Stanton is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Tigers.
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