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Dynamic stars Puig, Stanton featured in series

Dynamic stars Puig, Stanton featured in series

Dynamic stars Puig, Stanton featured in series

MIAMI -- Wherever Yasiel Puig goes, fanfare follows.

This week, it traveled to South Florida, where Puig and the red-hot Dodgers created must-see drama at Marlins Park. While Puig has drummed up so much national attention, the Marlins have a game-changing slugger of their own who is starting to heat up.

Giancarlo Stanton has sent a reminder this week not to forget about him. The 23-year-old slugger is riding an eight-game hitting streak, and he's hit a home run in three of his last five games, including two in the series with Los Angeles.

Like Puig, Stanton can create awe with one swing.

"Stanton has that game-changing ability with his power," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "He's so young. He still has room to grow, when you're projecting the guy out. That's what makes you smile. How good is this guy really going to be down the road, when he puts it together?"

If both stay healthy, Stanton and Puig have the skill sets to be dominating players for years to come.

"Definitely game-changers," Redmond said.

A 13-year veteran catcher, Redmond says Puig reminds him of a power hitter from his playing days -- Vladimir Guerrero.

"I think about back when I played," Redmond said. "We had the Vladamir Guerrero-type guys, real free swingers who can do a lot of damage.

"A guy like Puig, he's so athletic. He can run. He plays hard. He runs balls out. He's got power. He plays good defense, has an arm. He's the total package. There are not a lot of those dynamic players. Those guys who come to the big leagues and create so much excitement."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less

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