04-23-2012, 01:26 PM #1
Birthday: May 11, 1993 (currently 18). Bats: Right, Throws: Right, Plays: 3B.
Height: 6-3, Weight (Listed): 195, Weight (Actual): 230ish.
Acquired: Signed as a free agent from Dominican Republic in October, 2009. Signing Bonus: $3.15 million.
2010 GCL Stats: .291/.338/.466 (.804) with 14 doubles, 4 home runs (41 games).
2011 ETown Stats: .292/.352/.637 (.988) with 18 doubles, 7 triples, 20 home runs (66 games).
2012 Beloit Stats: .310/.444/.707 (1.151) with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs (17 games so far).
Baseball America Prospect Ranking: Pre-2010: 94, Pre-2011: 60, Pre-2012: 18
SethSpeaks.net Twins Prospect Ranking: Pre-2010: 1, Pre-2011: 1, Pre-2012: 1
Stats Pages: MiLB.com, Baseball Reference, Fan Graphs, First Inning, The Baseball Cube.
Movie Appearances: Pelotero, a documentary on him growing up in the Dominican as a baseball player.
Summary: The baseball world was surprised in late 2009 when the Twins were the team that Miguel Sano, the top prospect in the Dominican Republic in recent years, to a $3.15 million signing bonus. There were a lot of tests done in an attempt to show that Sano was not the 16-year-old that he claimed to be, but none of the tests proved that he was older. Tests were inconclusive. He has gradually moved up prospect rankings as he moves up the Twins organizational ladder.
Positives: His youth makes him incredibly intriguing as a prospect. His size and growth make him even more interesting. Sano has major power potential and some have compared his potential to Miguel Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez. Many, including LaVelle Neal of the StarTribune have referenced the way the ball jumps off of his bat. In 2011, he is walking at a career-high rate to this point.
Concerns: The Age situation. If it were to come out that he lied about his age, it would mean a 1-year suspension and affect his development. His contact rate. He is striking out almost 28% of his plate appearances right now in Beloit which is pretty high and an area he will need to improve. Defense. He has just three errors in 17 games so far, but many wonder whether he will be able to stay in the infield or if his future will be in the corner outfield positions or at 1B.
Interview with mlb.com's Jonathan Mayo:
Last edited by Seth Stohs; 04-23-2012 at 02:13 PM.
04-27-2012, 11:37 AM #2
04-27-2012, 12:34 PM #3
Nope. Every non-college player, even Mauer has had to spend an entire year at Beloit, but they should abandon that philosophy for Sano. This organization needs excitement, even fans who aren't as in-tune with the going-ons of the farm will start getting excited when they hear about a top prospect moving through the system at a faster than expected rate.
From a development standpoint, Sano obviously needs to work on contact and defense, but his master attribute, his power, has already proven to be worthy of the level he is currently at. He can work on his few defiiencies at the next level while testing his strength against better compitition. Besides, aren't most of the Twins instructional staff in Ft. Myers anyway? If they are, it seems odd that they wouldn't want the top players spending more time there.
I'm sure he won't be promoted any time soon, the decision will still come down to player control. The Twins won't want to let him reach the majors before he is 21-22 regardless of how he is playing as they would rather have him under his 1st contract from his 22-27 years instead of the 20-25 years. I don't like it, but I understand it's about money. I just feel like they cheat the whole game by doing so. Ted Williams would not be part of the 500 HR club, Ken Griffey Jr. would not be part of the 600 HR club and Robin Yount would not be part of the 3000 hit club if they were made to wait until they were 21 to be called up. Sano likely isn't in their class, and he may not be ready in two years, but I don't think the club should stand in his way if he is.
04-27-2012, 01:02 PM #4
Enlightening point, Nick. Such a shame
04-27-2012, 01:20 PM #5
nice points nick! I was looking at Sano as a unique case study and of course, i think the Twins "top" coaches are probably at Fort Myers.
04-27-2012, 02:23 PM #6
04-27-2012, 02:38 PM #7
I would say he's already outclassing Beloit. Move him up now. Then maybe again if he continues to do well. Or skip him to Rochester next season. There's gotta be a way to excelerate his movement to the majors. I want to see him at TF soon. It seems he is a rare player, so I hope they don't treat him like the run-of-the-mill.
04-27-2012, 02:52 PM #8
04-28-2012, 08:56 AM #9
Last night, Sano was 1-5. Since he was 6-9 the previous Thursday/Friday, he has gone 5-26 (.192). Then again, of those five hits, two are doubles and one is a triple.
His updates season stats: .273/.417/.623 (1.040) with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs and 19 RBI.
Key Number, he has 29 strikeouts in 96 plate appearances, or one every 3.31 plate appearances.
05-01-2012, 11:10 AM #10
Sano is in USA Today this morning in an article about Bobby Valentine being the producer of Peletero. There is a nice 1:15 clip from the movie. I enjoy seeing all of the MLB stuff he wears in the small clip.
05-03-2012, 10:56 PM #11
Where will Sano eventually end up playing in the majors. Third Base?
05-03-2012, 11:10 PM #12
05-03-2012, 11:32 PM #13
05-04-2012, 11:16 AM #14
First of all, I agree with Seth, the Twins should keep sending him out to play 3B as long as they think there's any chance he could develop enough skill there to be servicable at that position. That said, after watching him work out a little every spring in Ft Myers and then seeing him the past couple of nights in Cedar Rapids, I think he may have "DH" written all over him. Just doesn't seem terribly smooth out there. He still seems to be growing in to his body, though, and at just 19 yrs old, there's still plenty of time to get past that awkwardness.
05-04-2012, 11:51 AM #15
I agree that he should stay at 3B as long as possible. I think the next spot is RF, he moves ok and has a cannon. If that doesn't work, he'll end up at 1B... and then possibly DH. The whole story sounds very similar to the career path of Miguel Cabrera.
05-05-2012, 12:47 AM #16
Miguel Sano Update - He is 9-16 in his last four games with 2 doubles, 2 HR and 9 RBI. Was hitting .262, and four games later, he's at .310.
In tonight's games, he was 2-4 in each game, with a home run in each game.
05-05-2012, 02:01 AM #17
Sano caused a little bit of a "dust up" with his game winning HR in the nightcap Friday night. I was Tweeting about the HR and when I looked up, the benches had cleared and coaches/umpires were trying to keep the players separated and under control. Both benches got a warning. Here's the story (from the Cedar Rapids point of view, anyway):
05-05-2012, 09:13 AM #18
05-05-2012, 10:02 AM #19
Jim, Thanks for the link to the article.
A twin with an attitude, I wonder how long they will let that exist? I think we need a few more guys in the organization that have that attitude. I'm good and I'll prove it to you.
05-05-2012, 10:40 AM #20