Stanton flashes powerful arm with assist

Stanton flashes powerful arm with assist

JUPITER, Fla. -- During Saturday's batting practice, Giancarlo Stanton launched a ball that nearly cleared the roof of the Marlins' building located beyond the left-field wall at Roger Dean Stadium.

In the second inning of Miami's 3-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Cardinals, Stanton showcased his powerful right arm by throwing out a runner at the plate.

"He probably doesn't get any attention for his defense, but we saw [Friday] with the spin throw," manager Don Mattingly said. "He makes a good play yesterday, having a chance to throw a guy out [at second]. He makes that throw today."

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With Brayan Pena on second and two outs, Jonathan Rodriguez singled to right off Wei-Yin Chen. Stanton charged and threw a strike to the plate. The slow-footed Pena didn't have a chance as catcher J.T. Realmuto stood holding the ball waiting to make the tag.

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"When I gave up the hit, I thought it was going to be an automatic run," Chen said. "When I saw him throw him out at home, I was very impressed with his arm."

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One of the most-feared hitters in the game, Stanton's defense often gets overlooked. But in 2014, he was a National League Gold Glove Award finalist in right.

His strong, accurate throw on Saturday is a reminder that Stanton can impact a game in several ways.

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"What's really impressive is he takes his time there," Mattingly said. "He knows the runner. As he comes up to that ball, you don't see him hurrying or rushing. He's taking his time, knowing his clock, and how much time he's got.

"Again, it's something he doesn't get a lot of attention for. But interesting to me, when talking in our organization about how good of a right fielder this guy is, you see him a couple of days, you don't know. But listening to our guys, it was one of the good things you like to hear."

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