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Mike Stanton's Debut Overshadowed By Stephen Strasburg's

JUPITER, FL - MARCH 02:  Outfielder Mike Stanton #80 of the Florida Marlins poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on March 2, 2010 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Steven MerriamCorrespondent IJune 8, 2010

Two of baseballs' most touted prospects premiered in the MLB tonight, but sadly one was quite overshadowed by the other. 

Mike Stanton, the young Marlins outfielder who was just called up today went 3-5 with two runs was the one who was sadly overshadowed by the toast of town in Washington, Stephen Strasburg.

Stanton is ranked the third-best prospect in the game according to, while Strasburg is touted as the top pitching prospect in all of baseball by basically every scout.  What is also interesting is that yesterday the Nationals drafted another highly touted prospect in Bryce Harper.

In the next couple of years, the NL East could become an MLB powerhouse.  Just think; the Phillies are already a powerhouse, the Nationals have Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the Marlins have Mike Stanton, the Mets have a young Ike Davis, who hit a walk-off home-run tonight and Jenry Mejia and the Braves who have Tommy Hanson and Jason Heyward.

Strasburg, the No. 1 pick in the 2009 MLB draft, also made his MLB debut tonight.  Strasburg pitched 7.0 innings giving up two earned runs and threw an astounding fourteen strikeouts, the most since 1971. Strasburg struck out every member of the Pirates roster.

It is quite dissappointing that two of baseballs' most promising prospects had to make there MLB debuts on the same day due to the fact that both could have been the event that Strasburg's debut was.

All I can hope is that Stanton does not live in the shadow of Stephen Strasburg for his entire MLB career.

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