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    Miguel Sano in John Sickel's Prospect Smackdown

    Minor League Ball's John Sickels compares Twins prospect Miguel Sano and Royals prospect Cheslor Cuthbert. For Sano's projection Sickels writes:

    The main risk for Sano's development is contact: he might not maintain strong batting averages and OBPs with that kind of strikeout rate. That said, given anything like a normal skill growth curve, he projects as a 30-40 home run hitter at the major league level. With some tweaks in his approach, he can hit for average and OBP as well.

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    I love having a player in the Twins system with a skill frequently described using words like colossal, monster and enormous

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    Some tweaks:

    Hit the other way. Cut down on the Swing. Hit singles.

    That's the Twins way.

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    Mr. Ed raises a valid, albeit cynical, point. I wonder how the Twins do at developing a slugger type. Really, the only success story they've had recently on that front is Morneau, and even he is more all-around hitter than slugger.

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    The Twins seem to struggle just to draft big power guys,let alone develop any.
    The first step is cutting down on strike outs. Make more contact. Go with the pitch.
    Good thing this whole approach wasn't around in the 60s when they consistently had sluggers.
    Or the 87 champs.

    The whole HR thing seems to be overrated by the Twins.

    They needed to let Kubel/Cuddyer go, both were among those intimidated by TField, spoiled by the Metrodome. Especially Kubel.
    Funny that it didn't seem to bother someone like Parmelee during his cup of coffee.

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