WASHINGTON -- Lefty reliever Dan Meyer has returned to the Marlins from a minor-league rehab assignment and will be activated Monday from the disabled list. Hunter Jones will likely be sent back to Triple A Albuquerque.
Meyer was in Montgomery, Ala., and witnessed Mike Stanton's gargantuan home run on Thursday for Double A Jacksonville. Here's how he described the blast:
"I was there for Stanton's 7,000-foot home run. I was in the dugout and it was one of those things where I was thinking about going inside to get some work done. And then I thought, nah, I'll stick around and watch him hit, and I'm glad I did. The first thing I said was (after Stanton's home run) I'm going to try to tell people about this and it won't do it any justice. It's 395 to the wall out there in left center. The scoreboard is probably 80 feet high, if not 100 feet. It's a huge scoreboard, and he cleared it.
"The second it left his bat you knew it was gone. But you didn't realize how far until it went over the scoreboard. And everybody (inside the dugout) was just looking at each other. It was almost like everybody stopped. I could see guys in their dugout, like 'Oh my Gosh.' It's really hard to do it any justice.
"He's a very low key, very somber. He didn't pimp it. He just ran around the bases, like no big deal. It was amazing. If I had to estimate I would say easily over 500 feet. I would say maybe 540 to 550. Guys were saying 570, but that's a long, long way. That's fairy tale type stuff. Honestly, if somebody said it went 550, I'd probably lean toward believing it."
Meyer said he has never seen a home run at the major league level that was as long as Stanton's.
"This ball was absolutely demolished. And the thing is, he's only 20 years old. He's wise beyond his years, very humble, very down to earth. He said 'my job is just to play everyday here.' He didn't really say anything about going up. He just said he wanted to play and get better. I talked to Corey Hart, their hitting coach, and he said Stanton hit a little bit of a slide, and he was struggling a little bit. He worked in the cage that night and stayed for a couple of hours and the next day he hit three homers. So his worth ethic is beyond his years."
Question: Is he ready?
"That's tough to say. I think everybody knows he has talent and he's pretty impressive. But a kid that age, you want to make sure. I think you don't want somebody to come up and fail, especially at 20. But he's got the tools, everybody knows that. It's just that they've got to make sure he's ready. It'll be interesting."
Now for a bit of context. While everyone sits and waits for the Marlins to pull the trigger on Stanton and promote him to the big club, here are some numbers to think about:
Collectively, Marlins outfielders.........
1) Rank dead last in the majors in home runs
2) Rank dead last in extra base hits
3) Rank 29th in OPS (Astros pulling up the rear at 30th).
4) Rank 28th in on-base percentage
5) Rank 26th in batting average
6) Rank 29th in runs created
This is an outfield in need of a fix.
Question: How much longer should the Marlins wait before calling up Kid Wonder?