Marlins Midseason Report

Stanton reaches majors after tearing up minors





Best Player: The Marlins promoted Mike Stanton from Double-A to the big leagues on June 8. Three weeks later, Stanton was still leading the minors in home runs (21).

Not that anyone expected him to put up the same numbers in the big leagues, but it's been a rough transition for Stanton, 20. Through his first 19 games, Stanton was batting .230/.284/.351 with 31 strikeouts and six walks in 74 at-bats.

The Marlins aren't worried. Stanton, a 2007 second-round pick out of Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, Calif., earned the callup by hitting .313/.442/.729. He struck out just nine more times than he walked (44) in 192 at-bats with Jacksonville.

Biggest Leap Forward: Righthander Jhan Marinez opened the season in high Class A Jupiter and may very well finish it in the majors. The Marlins sent the 21-year-old Marinez, who signed with the Marlins in 2006 out of the Dominican Republic, to Jacksonville after he held Florida State League opponents to a .154 average in 20 relief appearances. Perhaps most impressively, the hard-throwing Marinez walked 14 and struck out 41 in 24 innings with a 1.48 ERA. In nine games for the Suns, he struck out 12 in 11 innings while yielding just four earned runs.

"He can move quickly (through the system)," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "All power, big arm, very big arm. Young guy, still need to polish him up a little bit. The slider has come a long way, which he'll need up here, but big-time power stuff."

Biggest Disappointment: Triple-A New Orleans outfielder Scott Cousins received an invite to big league spring training and was well positioned for a callup if the need arose. Cousins has yet to master Triple-A, where he was batting .217/.272/.348 in 184 at-bats.

FISH BITES

• The Marlins signed former all-star closer Armando Benitez, who was pitching for the Newark Bears in the independent Atlantic League, to a minor league contract and assigned him to New Orleans.

• In addition to New Orleans manager Edwin Rodriguez, who became interim manager when Fredi Gonzalez was fired, the Marlins promoted three members of their player development staff to the big league coaching staff on an interim basis: infield coordinator Brandon Hyde (bench coach), hitting coordinator John Mallee (hitting coach) and outfield and baserunning coordinator Tarrik Brock (first-base coach).