Having mastered the Florida State League, outfielder Michael Stanton is taking the next step in his baseball evolution. The Marlins have promoted their 19-year-old prospect to Double A Jacksonville and have him penciled in to make his first start for the Suns on Friday.
"It's time to show him another challenge," said Jim Fleming, the Marlins' vice president of player development. "He's doing all the things we've asked him to do. He's ready."
"We like to use the term 'accomplished the league,'" Fleming said. "That's what I see with him. He's accomplished the league."
Stanton walloped 39 homers, drove in 97 runs and hit .293 for Single A Greensboro in 125 games in 2008. He was the club's second-round draft pick in 2007.