Jacksonville outfielder Mike Stanton and right-handed pitcher Alejandro Sanabia won the Southern League's weekly awards today. The Suns start a five-game series at Riverwalk Stadium on Tuesday. Here's what I've written on them for Tuesday's "series starter" package ...
Stanton is the No. 1 prospect among position players in the minor leagues. Entering Monday, Stanton was hitting .354 with 12 home runs and 26 RBIs. He leads the entire minor leagues in homers and the Southern League in RBIs. The 20-year-old had three home runs and seven RBIs in a game last week. The previous three-homer game in the Southern League was in July 2007. Stanton also has more walks (25) than strikeouts (24).
Sanabia is 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA and is 5-for-5 in quality starts this season. Hitters have a .179 average against the 21-year-old, who is expected to start Thursday.
UPDATE: Stanton hit another home run today and had three RBIs in a 5-1 win over the Mississippi Braves.