06-10-2013, 10:18 AM #1
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Minnesota Twins: Could Promotion of Miguel Sano Mean a 2014 Call-up?
I looked at what the promotion of Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario could mean for the Twins next year.
Sano has also drawn a few comparisons to Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who was a year younger than Sano when he was in the Florida State League, but he played the entire season there and only batted .274/.333/.421. Sano batted .330/.424/.655 with Ft. Myers in the FSL before being promoted Sunday.
Could Sano start 2014 with the Twins? Will Rosario beat him to the majors?I have been an avid fans of the Twins since Kirby Puckett's breakout year of 1986 and have had numerous articles about the Twins published on Yahoo! Sports.
06-10-2013, 11:06 AM #2
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Arcia got a similarly timed promotion from Ft. Myers in 2012 and debuted in MLB in early 2013. He was also a year older than Sano at the time, though, and was basically repeating A+. I highly doubt Sano opens 2014 in MLB, but it would be exciting to see him continue dominating and make a quick debut. Definitely impressive that he forced a promotion to AA already.
I don't think the Cabrera stat line is of much value in comparison. Superstars rarely follow a "linear" development path -- they often make huge adjustments at the MLB level to get where they are.
That said, if I had to indulge in a highly speculative minor league comparison for Sano, it might be Giancarlo Stanton. Sano is again tracking a year later in age, but the performances and promotions have some similarity so far. Stanton was promoted to MLB straight from AA around age 20 and a half, which would also mean early 2014 for Sano. But the Marlins are very agressive in that regard.