MIAMI -- When Giancarlo Stanton was promoted in June of 2010, he was the most anticipated Marlins slugger to reach the big leagues since Miguel Cabrera broke on the scene in 2003.
While Cabrera was always more of a pure hitter with power, Stanton has so much raw ability, and he's still striving to reach his overall potential.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond was a teammate of Cabrera in '03, and he sees some similarities between the two.
"You look at their presence in the box," Redmond said. "If you look at raw power, nobody has more power than Stanton does. His power is unbelievable. But they do have a lot of similarities.
"[Cabrera] was still learning, too. It's not like everything he hit went out of the ballpark. He showed signs that he was a great hitter, but at times, he had his struggles. It's that process. You start from a young player, and it's really how you learn, how you grow and learn and make adjustments."
Now a favorite to win his second straight MVP crown with the Tigers, Cabrera is playing against Stanton for the first time this weekend.
Cabrera was with the Marlins from 2003-07, and he ranks fourth in franchise history with 138 home runs in 720 games. Stanton is eighth, with 117 homers in 488 games.
Cabrera has a near flawless swing, and he has a knack of reading pitchers.
"His swing is short and compact," Redmond said. "Then you incorporate the mental side, how he understands pitching and seems to know exactly what pitch is coming every single pitch. That sometimes is the difference between a good hitter and a great hitter."
Solano feeling fine after being plunked in head
MIAMI -- It appears Donovan Solano has avoided a serious head injury.
Solano was plunked in the helmet by a pitch in the 10th inning of Miami's 2-1 comeback win over the Tigers on Saturday night at Marlins Park.
With a runner on second, Evan Reed's full-count, 95-mph fastball plunked Solano on the helmet behind his left ear. He was treated by team trainer Sean Cunningham.
After being uneasy for a few minutes, he was replaced by pinch-runner Placido Polanco.
Indications now are Solano has avoided a concussion, but he will be further evaluated on Sunday morning before Miami wraps up its season against the Tigers.
"I feel normal. I don't feel [dizzy]," Solano said. "I feel it a bit, but it's not too scary. I feel good. I know I was hit on the head, but I feel OK."
Solano added he wasn't experiencing a headache.
"The doctor said, just in case overnight it feels worse, tell me," Solano said.
If the Marlins opt to give Solano Sunday off, Ed Lucas is a likely choice to play second.
"As of right now, he's fine," manager Mike Redmond said. "Those things, we'll wait and see tomorrow, after he comes in. We will see how he feels. It looked like he's as good as you could be after being hit in the head with a fastball."
Polanco's impressive diving play earns praise
MIAMI -- The Marlins may have 100 losses, but they haven't lost their desire to give all-out effort.
Placido Polanco sent another reminder in Friday night's 3-2 win over the Tigers.
In the eighth inning, the veteran third baseman dove over the short railing along the third-base side. He leapt onto the concrete in order to make a sensational catch on Don Kelly's pop foul.
"You don't give good teams a lot of breaks," Polanco said.
On Oct. 10, Polanco will turn 38. What he demonstrated with his catch is he isn't letting up in the final weekend.
"The effort there sort of sums up where we're at," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Guys are still playing. He could have let that ball go into the stands. That's kind of where we are at as a team right now. Obviously, we've lost 100 games, but the guys are still playing. They have for a while."
A free agent after the season, Polanco very well could be playing his final few games with the Marlins.
He's held up for 117 games and is batting .260, while playing a solid third base.
Polanco likes the spirit he is seeing from his teammates.
"We never give up," he said. "We've got a lot of character here. Obviously, we have a lot of talent. People realize we are a good ballclub, and we can win a lot of games."
Marlins believe Hechavarria has bright future ahead
MIAMI -- In Adeiny Hechavarria, the Marlins believe they have a rising talent at shortstop.
To baseball's statistical world, the 24-year-old has plenty of work to do.
For instance, according to FanGraphs.com, Hechavarria ranks last out of 140 qualified players in the WAR (Wins Above Replacement) category.
Hechavarria's WAR is -1.8, says the web site, which takes a number of statistical factors into consideration. The Miami shortstop is batting .229 with three homers and 42 RBIs.
When informed about the ranking, Marlins manager Mike Redmond defended his athletic shortstop, who has been a standout defensively.
"I haven't seen that," Redmond said. "I know what he means to our team, both defensively, and even offensively. This guy has been a huge part of our defense. I honestly believe, he's one of the top couple of shortstops in the league, defensively.
"I know his offense continues to be a work in progress. But he's definitely come a long way offensively, especially from the beginning of the season until now."
The Marlins acquired from Hechavarria from the Blue Jays last November, and he's been the most durable player on the team.
"I never get too caught in stats," Redmond said. "I know when it's all said and done, Hech is going to be an All-Star shortstop."
• A day after his wife gave birth to a baby boy, Ed Lucas was back in the starting lineup. Lucas missed just one game, Friday, to be with his wife. On Saturday, he got the nod at third base.
• Rookie outfielder Jake Marisnick will have his left knee scoped on Monday in Miami.
• Catch Jeff Mathis fractured the tip of his right thumb, and the doctors are recommending rest over surgery.