Mike Stanton on Thursday didn't just hit his 14th home run, most in the pros -- minors or majors. He purportedly clubbed it 500 feet. So claim observers in Montgomery, Ala., where the Marlins' super prospect for Double A Jacksonville is just putting up ridiculous numbers (.340 average, 31 RBI, an OPS of 1.317). The Marlins are waiting for June in order to call up Stanton and avoid Super Two status. Stanton's tape-measure shot on Thursday cleared the scoreboard in center.
Joe Davis, radio broadcaster for the host Montgomery Biscuits, said Stanton's home run was one of only two ever to clear the scoreboard since the stadium opened in 2004. The other was hit by former Biscuit Wes Bankston.
Stanton's home run "looked like a golf ball hit in Denver up in the mountains," Davis said. "It had a second gear and just kept ascending."
Davis said the ball cleared not only the wall in center, but a concourse, the scoreboard, railroad tracks and likely settled into a forest area. He said the ball likely came up short of the Alabama River, which flows just beyond the forest. Club employees went in search of the ball, Davis said, but could not locate it due to the darkness.
Davis said the crowd let out a collective gasp when the ball was hit. Up to that point, Davis said Stanton hadn't shown much in the series, striking out six times in two games, leading to wonder.
"Where's this guy we heard all these tales about?" said Davis of the consensus opinion before the mammoth home run. "And, then, there he was."
Yes, Andrew Miller led the way in a combined no-hitter on Thursday for Single A Jupiter, the first in franchise history. But, from the Marlins standpoint, it was hardly cause for celebration. After all, Miller walked six in six innings (relievers Pete Andrelczyk and Corey Madden completed the no-no for the Hammerheads). Miller, who started the season on the DL, hasn't exactly solved his control problems. In two outings for Jupiter, Miller has walked 12 in 8 2/3 innings. And that ain't gonna buy you a ticket to the majors.