A first-hand account of Mike Stanton's colossal Double-A home run

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stanton shot.jpgMarlins outfield prospect Mike Stanton is on an absolute tear this season for Double-A Jacksonville with a  .340 batting average, a .477 on-base percentage, an .840 slugging percentage and 14 home runs in just 27 games.  Rehabbing reliever Dan Meyer was able to take in one of those homers Thursday in Jacksonville.  Here’s how he described the shot to the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer:

“I was there for Stanton’s 7,000-foot home run. … The first thing I said was 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. … This ball was absolutely demolished.”

The Marlins have a fairly talented outfield this season and don’t have an immediate need for Stanton’s presence in the big league lineup, but that could change if the mashing continues at Double-A.  He should at least gain a promotion to Triple-A New Orleans by June.

Stanton was drafted out of high school by the Marlins in the second round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft.  He’s only 20 years old and won’t turn 21 until November.  This kid might be something special.

Mets sign Matt Purke to minors deal

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The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Purke will also receive an invitation to spring training, where he could presumably beef up the club’s left-handed relief options alongside Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker.

Purke has not appeared in the majors since 2016, when he was used in a dozen relief appearances by the White Sox. The 27-year-old racked up a 5.50 ERA, 6.0 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 in his first 18 innings with the team, and was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte in June to finish out the season. He spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A as well, showing more promise with a 3.84 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 in 48 appearances.

While Purke may not amount to much more than a depth piece in New York’s ‘pen, the veteran lefty figures to be part of the Mets’ new bullpen-first strategy next year. Reports from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo indicate that the club will be focusing on improving their relief options in order to ease the workload of their starting pitchers, and will likely add a few more arms before the offseason comes to a close.