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With great power comes awards for Stanton

With great power comes awards for Stanton

With great power comes awards for Stanton
MIAMI -- So much about Mike Stanton stands out.

First, there's his size; he's a sculpted 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, making him an imposing figure. Then his immense power is reflected by the fact he connected on some of the longest home runs in 2011.

Stanton, who turns 22 on Tuesday, is widely considered an emerging star.

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In his second big league season, he showed why, leading the Marlins in home runs (34) and RBIs (87).

The best is yet to come for the talented right fielder, but he already is making an impact. Based on a solid first full big league season, Stanton has been named the winner of two MLB.com awards.

Team Awards 2011

The right fielder is the Marlins' Player of the Year and Breakout Player of the Year. MLB.com has also tabbed Anibal Sanchez as the Marlins' Pitcher of the Year.

Stanton, a second-round pick in 2007, made his big league debut on June 8, 2010, and in just over half a season, he paced all Major League rookies in home runs with 22.

He built on his rookie season with a strong sophomore campaign.

Because of his youth and inexperience, Stanton endured his share of growing pains in 2011. He batted .262 in 150 games, striking out 166 times in 516 at-bats.

Dealing with strikeouts is nothing new for power hitters, and Stanton certainly had his share. But his overall game is taking form, as he showed the ability to hit the ball to all fields. He became the first right-handed hitter to connect on an opposite-field home run into the second desk at Citi Field in New York.

In terms of raw power, Stanton's 474-foot home run at Coors Field on Aug. 15 off Rockies right-hander Kevin Millwood was the fourth-longest home run in the Major Leagues in 2011, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker.

Power is the most notable part of Stanton's game, but the Marlins feel he can be a more complete player.

"He can be a 30-30 guy," former Marlins manager Jack McKeon said during the season.

McKeon said Stanton had the best jumps on the team when making his initial burst trying to steal a base.

McKeon said Stanton, who stole five bases and was caught five times, needed to work on improving his basestealing during Spring Training.

Whether Stanton steals 15, 20 or 30 bases isn't necessary the issue. The point McKeon makes is the young slugger can offer production in other ways than belting long home runs.

Sanchez, 27, led the Marlins' staff in ERA (3.67) and strikeouts (202). The right-hander finished 8-9 in 32 starts, throwing 196 1/3 innings.

Sanchez, who tossed a no-hitter as a rookie in 2006, posted two one-hitters in '11.

When ace Josh Johnson was sidelined with right shoulder inflammation in May, Sanchez provided an immediate lift to the rotation.

The Venezuelan native was particularly strong in the first half, posting a 6-2 record with a 3.58 ERA in 18 starts.

Overall, 2011 has been a down year for the Marlins in terms of individual awards. The team was shut out in the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards.

In recent years, the Marlins had Dan Uggla and Hanley Ramirez earn Silver Slugging Awards. And in 2009, Ramirez won the National League batting title, earning him the NL Silver Bat Award.

Second baseman Omar Infante and first baseman Gaby Sanchez were finalists for Gold Glove Awards, but they didn't win.

Several players have already received individual team or organizational honors.

At the end of the regular season, the South Florida Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America handed out four team awards.

Stanton was named the Most Valuable Player, and Emilio Bonifacio received the Jeff Conine "Mr. Marlin" Award. John Buck was the recipient of the Charlie Hough "Good Guy" Award, and Steve Cishek was the Rookie of the Year.

As an organization, the Marlins named Christian Yelich as their Minor League Player of the Year and Michael Brady as their Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

National Awards
Rookie of the Year Manager of the YearRawlings Gold Glove
Dontrelle Willis2003Jack McKeon2003Charles Johnson, C1995
Hanley Ramirez2006Joe Girardi2006Charles Johnson, C1996
Chris Coghlan2009Charles Johnson, C1997
Luis Castillo, 2B2003
Derrek Lee, 1B2003
Luis Castillo, 2B2004
Luis Castillo, 2B2005
Mike Lowell, 3B2005
Silver Slugger Brock Award (NL SB leader)
Gary Sheffield, OF1993Chuck Carr1993
Gary Sheffield, OF1996Quilvio Veras1995
Mike Lowell, 3B2003Luis Castillo2000
Miguel Cabrera, OF2005Luis Castillo2002
Miguel Cabrera, 3B2006Juan Pierre2003
Hanley Ramirez, SS2008
Hanley Ramirez, SS2009
Dan Uggla, 2B2010
Local Awards
MVP Rookie of the Year Most Improved
Bryan Harvey1993None1993None1993
Jeff Conine1994None1994None1994
Jeff Conine1995Charles Johnson1995Pat Rapp1995
Gary Sheffield1996Edgar Renteria1996Robb Nen1996
Moises Alou1997Livan Hernandez1997Charles Johnson1997
Cliff Floyd1998Mark Kotsay1998Matt Mantei1998
Luis Castillo1999Preston Wilson1999Antonio Alfonseca1999
Preston Wilson2000Chuck Smith2000Derrek Lee2000
Cliff Floyd2001Josh Beckett2001Kevin Millar2001
Luis Castillo2002Michael Tejera2002A.J. Burnett2002
Juan Pierre2003Dontrelle Willis2003Carl Pavano2003
Miguel Cabrera2004None2004Carl Pavano2004
Dontrelle Willis2005Jason Vargas2005Todd Jones2005
Miguel Cabrera2006Hanley Ramirez2006Joe Borowski2006
Hanley Ramirez2007Matt Lindstrom2007Kevin Gregg2007
Hanley Ramirez2008Chris Volstad2008
Hanley Ramirez2009Chris Coghlan2009
Dan Uggla2010Gaby Sanchez2010
Mike Stanton2011Steve Cishek2011
Charlie Hough "Good Guy" Jeff Conine Mr. Marlin
Charlie Hough1995Alfredo Amezaga2008
Rene Lachemann1996Wes Helms2009
Bobby Bonilla1997Clay Hensley2010
Rich Donnelly1998Emilio Bonifacio2011
Mike Redmond1999
Mike Lowell2000
Kevin Millar2001
Andy Fox2002
Braden Looper2003
Juan Pierre2004
Carlos Delgado2005
Dontrelle Willis2006
Matt Treanor2007
Luis Gonzalez2008
Cody Ross2009
John Buck2010
Bill Beck2011

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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