Mike Stanton quietly goes 3-for-5 in MLB debut

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mike stanton follow through.jpgAs Craig pointed out earlier, another young “phenom” made his major league debut on Tuesday night: Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton.

The 20-year-old went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and almost helped the Marlins top the Phillies with a bases-loading infield single in the top of the ninth inning.  Ronny Paulino spoiled that fun when he popped out to second base and left the bases jacked.

Stanton batted .311/.411/.726 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI in 52 games this year for Double-A Jacksonville before the Fish promoted him on Tuesday afternoon.  Along with Stephen Strasburg, Jason Heyward, Tommy Hanson, and maybe Ike Davis, Stanton is helping to lead a youth-heavy charge in what, in a few years, could be a very dangerous NL East.

Indians release Mike Napoli

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The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.

This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.

Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.