March 11, 2012; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) at the plate in the first inning of the spring training game against the New York Mets at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
22-year old Miami Marlins power hitter Giancarlo Stanton will reportedly participate in the 2012 Home Run Derby on Monday, July 9.
At just 22-years old Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has made an early name for himself as a power hitter. Most notably when he hit a grand slam off of Jamie Moyer that was tracked by ESPN's Home Run Tracker at 122.4 MPH off his bat, the highest since ESPN began tracking, and broke a panel on the scoreboard in left field.
Now Stanton will be featured on the grand power swinging stage when he is reportedly going to compete in the Home Run Derby. Per the Miami Herald, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was given the responsibility of putting together the four-man National League slugger team and has selected Stanton.
"I love his chances," said Marlins coach Joe Espada, who throws batting practice to Stanton before every game. "This guy has the best chance to win the Home Run Derby because he can mishit the ball and it's going to go over the fence."
No Marlins player has ever won the event and Stanton will be the first to compete for the franchise since Hanley Ramirez participated in 2010. The 2012 Home Run Derby will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.