Giancarlo Stanton landed a ball in the center field upper deck seats at Marlins Park during batting practice a moment ago, leaving his teammates in disbelief. Stanton will put his power on national display in the Home Run Derby in Kansas City on July 9.
"We're in there," Stanton said, confirming the news, as he trotted off the field following B.P.
Stanton, who blasted his 17th home run on Tuesday, a 456-foot bomb off the batter's eye in center, will become the fifth Marlin to participate in the Derby, which is the main appetizer heading into the July 10 All-Star Game.
"I love his chances," said Marlins coach Joe Espada, who throws batting practice to Stanton. "This guy has the best chance to win the Home Run Derby because he can mishit the ball and it's going to go over the fence."
"Everybody's waiting to see this kid on that kind of stage," Espada said of the Marlins' 22-year-old slugger. "Everybody's talking about it. I'm waiting for it. He'll play to the crowd, the oohs and ahhs. He'll get it going. It'll be fun."
Stanton was invited to participate by the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, who was put in charge of choosing the National League's four-man team.
Previous Marlins to take part in the Home Run Derby were Gary Sheffield (1996), Miguel Cabrera (2006), Dan Uggla (2008) and Hanley Ramirez (2010).
Jose Fernandez, the Marlins' top draft pick last year, is scheduled to make his debut for Single A Jupiter on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium. Fernandez was just promoted from Single A Greensboro, where he received All-Star honors by going 7-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 14 starts and striking out 99 in 79 innings. Start time is 6:35 p.m.