Giancarlo Stanton was rewarded for his monster May, becoming only the fourth Marlin to win the National League Player of the Month award.
The 22-year-old outfielder for the Marlins hit .343, smashed 12 home runs and drove in 30 runs. Only Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio had as productive a month statistically at such a young age.
“To be mentioned in the same category, or the same sentence as him, is eye-opening,” Stanton said.
With his 12 home runs, Stanton tied the club record for any month. Dan Uggla also hit 12 in May 2008. Stanton was three RBI short of Hanley Ramirez’s club record 33 for any month. The dozen home runs tied the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton for most in the majors last month. And his OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) was an off-the-charts 1.201.
“I didn’t give away too many at-bats that month, and when I did, it was, ‘Boom, forget about it,’ ” Stanton said. “So I thought I was very disciplined and smarter in key situations.”
The other Marlins to win the award were: Jeff Conine (June 1995), Ramirez (June 2008) and Emilio Bonifacio (July 2011).
Look for the Marlins to take either a pitcher or premium position player — shortstop, catcher or center fielder — when they select ninth overall in Monday’s amateur draft.
This year’s draft is devoid a high-profile impact player, such as a Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper. As a result, Stan Meek, the Marlins vice president of scouting, said the first round of the draft is a bit of a crapshoot.
“We have a group of about four guys we think will get through the initial part of the draft and down to us,” Meek said.
The Marlins used their first-round pick last year on a high school pitcher, Jose Fernandez, who has looked extremely impressive at Single A Greensboro.
Among players the Marlins could be considering: center fielders Albert Almora out of Mater Academy in Hialeah Gardens and David Dahl from Alabama; shortstops Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico and Devin Marrero from Arizona State; catcher Mike Zunino from the University of Florida; and right-handed pitchers Kyle Zimmer (San Francisco), Mark Appel (Stanford) and Kevin Gausman (LSU).
The Marlins lost their second-round pick to the Mets as compensation for signing Jose Reyes. Meek said if Reyes was in this draft, it would be safe to say he would be the first player taken — a “1-1.”
“You always hate to lose picks, but you can’t do much better than 1-1,” Meek said. “Pretty good tradeoff.”
The draft is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Coming up• Monday: No game.
• Tuesday: Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 2.57 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Tim Hudson (3-2, 4.60), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (3-3, 4.83) vs. Braves RHP Randall Delgado (3-5, 4.58), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: After an off day Monday, the Marlins welcome the Atlanta Braves to open a nine-game homestand that also includes interleague visits from the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox.