Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SOUTHERN LEAGUE NOTEBOOK; Marlins' Beinfest Has High Hopes for Young Suns

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SOUTHERN LEAGUE NOTEBOOK; Marlins' Beinfest Has High Hopes for Young Suns

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT

Right fielder Mike Stanton and third baseman Matt Dominguez, two 19-year-old Florida Marlins prospects playing for the Jacksonville Suns, are strong candidates to be in the big leagues in the coming years, said Larry Beinfest, the Marlins' president of baseball operations.

Entering Saturday, Stanton was batting .243 with 10 homers and 30 RBI in 52 games with the Suns. Dominguez has been with Jacksonville for just a few games. He hit .262 with 11 homers and 53 RBI for Jupiter in the Florida State League.

Beinfest spent several days at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville last week watching Stanton, Dominguez and the rest of the Suns win four of five games against the Huntsville Stars.

"They're special kids. Their talent speaks for themselves," Beinfest said. "Stanton works hard. He's a student of the game. He wants it and has all the physical skills. With Matt, nothing seems to bother him, and he showed us he was ready for the advancement to this level.

"In terms of rushing these guys here as 19-year-olds, we don't really think we're rushing them because their mental makeup has allowed them to move quickly through the system, and they've handled the challenges along the way. You add in guys like Logan [Morrison] and Scott [Cousins], and this is probably one of the better position-player groups we've had in Double-A."

SMOKIE WAS SMOKING

When the Suns open a five-game series against the Tennessee Smokies on Tuesday in Sevierville, Tenn., they'll face a player who just made the Southern League record book.

Tyler Colvin tied a league record with 11 consecutive hits. The 23-year-old outfielder started his streak on July 31 with a second-inning single against the Mobile BayBears and went 5 for 5 in the Smokies' 5-4 win.

The next night, against the Carolina Mudcats, Colvin went 3 for 3.

Colvin, the 13th overall pick of the 2006 draft, concluded his run on Aug. 2 with three consecutive hits before ending the streak by lining out to right. …

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