Baseball America calls 19-year-old outfielder Michael Stanton the "best power hitter" in the Marlins organization. But when I asked Stanton this morning if he remembers his very first over-the-fence home run -- Little League, backyard, whatever -- he drew a blank.
"The only one I remember is the last one," Stanton said.
Stanton had a memorable day on Monday when he clubbed a pair of home runs in an intra-squad scrimmage. He hit one of his homers on a high changeup from lefty Renyel Pinto and another on a hanging slider from southpaw Dan Meyer.
"It was only just a scrimmage so it didn't feel as good as it would in a real game," said Stanton, who hit 39 home runs last season for Single A Greensboro and came close in an earlier spring training game when a brisk wind kept one long drive to deep right center from going out.