by Jason Martinez
In case you haven't been paying attention, Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is hitting mammoth home runs at a very rapid pace. Since coming off of the DL earlier this month, the 22 year-old has 10 HR in 75 at-bats, most of them jaw-dropping moon shots. With 85 HR through his first 350 big league games, Stanton has joined select company as one of only 14 players to have at least 80 HR through their age-22 season (age 22 on June 30th of that season). Below is a list of those players with totals through their age-22 season ...
Aside from Jones and Rodriguez, who are still active, and Griffey, who just retired after the 2010 season, only two players from the list aren't Hall of Famers: Conigliaro, who had his career cut short by vision problems that gradually worsened over time after being hit by a pitch in 1967 and Horner, who retired at age 31 after an injury-plagued career.
Health permitting, Stanton could reach 400 HR by his 30th birthday despite playing in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. It's doubtful that any ballpark in the majors would prove to be "Stanton-proof", but it's worth noting that he has 12 HR in 184 AB at home and 17 HR in 176 AB on the road. Unless the Marlins can lock him up prior to him becoming a free agent after the 2016 season, a move to a hitter-friendlier home stadium could ensure that he becomes one of the top home run hitters of his era.