Stanton was chosen by the Florida Marlins with the 76th overall pick in the second round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Stanton chose to join the Marlins and get a $475,000 signing bonus rather than attend college.
Stanton started his professional career with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League’s Gulf Coast League Marlins but immediately moved up to the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League’s Jamestown Jammers.
He was promoted to the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League after appearing in nine games with the Jammers, where he batted.067 on 2-for-30 hitting.
Stanton blasted 39 home runs while playing for Greensboro, while also batting .293 with 97 RBIs and a .993 OPS. A spring training invitation for the 2009 Marlins was extended to Stanton.
His performance in the 2008 minor league season earned him multiple postseason accolades, and he was ranked 16th on Baseball America’s list of the top 100 prospects.
With the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, Stanton started the 2009 campaign, batting .294 with 12 home runs and 39 RBIs.
A promotion to the Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League resulted from this achievement. He was chosen for the Futures Game All-Stars.
He was traded to the Arizona Fall League during the offseason for top MLB prospects. He had the best batting average in the league (.478) before suffering an injury.
In addition to ranking third on John Manuel’s list of Baseball America’s top 20 minor league prospects, Baseball America ranked him as the top prospect in the Marlins organization.
How Much Does Giancarlo Stanton Make?
Giancarlo Stanton averages a salary of $25,000,000 per year. Stanton will receive a basic salary of $29,000,000 in 2022.