CHICAGO -- Giancarlo Stanton is having an All-Star caliber season. Heck, you'd have to include Stanton's name in the early MVP conversation at this point. Stanton leads the National League in homers and RBI, and he's hitting for average, too.
But in Friday's 13-inning loss to the Cubs, Stanton had a day to forget. In six at bats, Stanton struck out four times and grounded into a double play.
That's just not bad, it's historically bad.
Stanton joined Chuck Carr as the only Marlins ever to whiff at least four times, ground into a double play, and fail to record a hit in the same game. Carr did it on Aug. 1, 1995, in only five at bats. Preston Wilson struck out four times and grounded into a double play in a 2002 game. But he also homered, walked, and drove in two runs that day.
Not to be ignored, Kevin Millar and John Mabry each hit into three double plays in the same game when they were Marlins.
While the Marlins used their first-round draft pick on pitcher Tyler Kolek and selected four college lefties on the second day of the draft, they went hard on middle infielders, selecting three shortstops and a second baseman.
"I think that's probably looking at a system where we're a little deficient," said Stan Meek, Marlins vice president of scouting. "We felt like it was an area of need, and so we kind of started focusing there."
It was a bit of a change for the Marlins, who normally go heavy on pitching.
"We felt like we had a little more depth of pitching," Meek said. "We felt (this year) if it's all equal, let's try some position players. Normally we say if all is equal, let's taking pitching. But this time we felt like we should lean more toward the position guys."
The Marlins also drafted a catcher and two outfielders on the first two days of the draft.
One of the shortstops taken by the Marlins: Anfernee Seymour from American Heritage School in Plantation. Seymour went in the seventh round.
Look for the Marlins to transfer catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. Saltalamacchia is on the 7-day concussion list, which is due to expire.
"Salty's gone two or three days symptom-free, which is good," said manager Mike Redmond. "But he won't be back on this road trip, and he's probably going to need to play a few games (in the minors). So maybe he goes plays a couple of games in Jupiter, just to make sure he's all right."