Miguel Sano Optioned to Ft. Myers
Image courtesy of © Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsFollowing the Twins 3-1 loss on Thursday in Detroit, Paul Molitor announced the Jake Cave was heading to Rochester. The surprise was that Miguel Sano is being optioned to Ft. Myers.
It isn't a surprise that Sano is being optioned. I think many of us expected that. That he's being optioned to Ft. Myers is more telling. He almost needs to start over. The Miracle are about to go on their All-Star break, so he should be able to get down there and have a week or so before even getting into a game. He can work at their facilities, and hope that by being down several notches, he'll be able to get to fundamentals.
Roy Halladay is a guy who pitched in the big leagues, but when he struggled and lost his mechanics, he was optioned to A-ball. He worked on those things with a clear mind, and he came back better.
Since the All-Star Game last year, things have gone abruptly downhill for Sano. Late last year, he fouled a ball off of his shin. He worked to come back, but the pain was bad. He had surgery following the season to insert a titanium rod into his leg. During the holidays, allegations of abuse were made against him. A long investigation led to no suspension, but clearly that was another blow to his reputation.
At Ft. Myers, he will be able to work with their hitting coach, Steve Singleton, and Twins minor league hitting coordinator Rick Eckstein. Those two are very well respected hitting instructors in the system. Playing for Ramon Borrego may also be a positive.
There was no easy answer for how to get Sano back on track. This is what the Twins have decided is the best route. It should not be a short-term deal. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. What do you think?
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