Following a five-RBI performance in Tuesday's 11-2 trouncing of the Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has a whopping 21 RBI for the season, setting a new franchise record for most RBI by one player through 15 games, per MLB Stat of the Day.
Prior to Stanton's hot start, the last MLB player under the age of 25 to record 21+ RBI through 15 games was former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Vada Pinson, who drove in 22 runs in his team's first 15 games of the 1962 season, per Elias Sports Bureau via ESPN.com. Despite the fast start, Pinson went on to have a fairly ordinary season by his own high standards, finishing with a .292 batting average, 23 home runs and exactly 100 RBI.
Stanton, 24, is hoping that his season will be anything but ordinary, after flashing signs of brilliance in his first four major league campaigns. He already has 122 career home runs in just 1,812 at-bats, but he's yet to log more than 516 at-bats in a season, and he averaged just 122.3 games in his first four years in the majors.
Health permitting, Stanton could very well make a run at some franchise records this season, including the single-season marks for home runs and RBI. The homer record is held by Gary Sheffield, who bashed 42 dingers for the fish in 1996. The RBI record is held by the lesser-known Preston Wilson, a free-swinging outfielder who surprisingly drove in 121 runs in 2000.
While obviously unsustainable, Stanton is currently on pace for 54 home runs and 227 RBI, heading into Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that he's hit three of the four longest home runs in Major League Baseball this season, per ESPN Stats & Info.
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