JUPITER, Fla. -- Full-squad workouts don't get under way until Friday, but already baseballs were flying over the fence on the back fields at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. In shorts and a T-shirt, All-Star Giancarlo Stanton took batting practice on Wednesday morning.
"I watched him hit," first-year manager Mike Redmond said. "I know we lost a lot of balls out there on that field."
Stanton's presence is definitely felt, even during informal batting practice. Redmond is just now seeing the 23-year-old slugger's raw power firsthand. A former big league catcher, Redmond compared Stanton's force with that of Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire.
"I don't know if I've seen a ball jump off a bat like that since watching those guys play," Redmond said. "He gets that extension and leverage that very few guys are able to do. That's why everybody talks about him the way that they do. He's one of those special guys."
Stanton finished second in the National League in home runs last year with 37, which also is the second most by a Marlins player in a season.
Stanton hit in a group that also had Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco and Chris Coghlan.
Besides Stanton, Miami's lineup doesn't possess tremendous power. Who bats behind the slugger has yet to be determined.
"He's a monster in that lineup," Redmond said. "He's definitely that guy in the middle of that lineup, if you are on the other team, you can't let that guy beat you. It's going to be a tremendous opportunity for one of these guys to step up and hit behind him and have a chance to drive in a lot of runs. We'll see who that will be."