Stanton to the DL

Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the 15 day DL with a strained hamstring. Stanton will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to assess the scope of the hamstring injury. He has been a slow starter, but was just beginning to heat up. He had 4 runs, 3 home runs and 5 RBI in last three games. Last season, Stanton only played 123 games because of shoulder and knee injuries. Already this season, he missed seven games with a sore shoulder.

The Marlins plan on calling up outfield prospect Marcell Ozuna. Ozuna opened the season at A+ Jupiter and recently made the jump to AA Jacksonville. He is the reigning Southern League Player of the Week. In Jacksonville he’s slashing .333/.383/.810 with 5 home runs in 42 at bats. He has a big power profile, but you have to wonder if the 22 year old is ready to make a huge jump from AA to the majors. He’s a risky fantasy play but with Stanton out he’ll get some at bats. If he proves he is ready, it’s not crazy to think he could take at bats from Juan Pierre in left field just to keep his bat in the lineup.

If you aren’t comfortable with the amount of risk associated with a 22 year old with zero MLB experience, here are some other options to replace Stanton.

  • Chris Carter (1B, OF – HOU) – Owned in just 14.6% of ESPN leagues, he has 5 home runs and will get at bats. His average and on base are pretty brutal, but you got Stanton for the homers, Carter can help with those. 
  • Seth Smith (OF – OAK) – Smith is swinging a hot bat. His game has been slow to develop but he’s getting playing time in Oakland and has shown a little bit of pop this season. His power isn’t empty either, he’s currently sporting a .319/.413/.536 slashline.
  • Michael Saunders (OF – SEA) – Just off the DL into the lineup and Saunders swatted a two run shot. Saunders is a power/speed guy. Not a ton of either, but he is a pretty balanced player and he’s owned in 9% of ESPN leagues.

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