Here's a 2014 Fangraphs scouting report saying RF or first is probably where Sano will end up.Unless we are also considering Fangraphs prospect evaluations horrible, the Twins decision to move him to the outfield can't be considered a crazy.Sano's lack of prep and gaining weight is more responsible for the failure than the actual move.Hopefully he works harder at being a competent third baseman this offseason.
Overall it's a very interesting scouting report on Sano.Questions if his walk rate will continue (15% in 2015, down to 10% in 2016 and 7.5% for second half of 2016) and his weight issues.
Actually what it says is some scouts feel he will move to RF or 1B. Fangraphs scouts didn't say it, nor did they say they agree with the scouts that did or say it's a good idea. They also say one reason is his defensive problems at 3B (lack of quick first step and arm accuracy) would cause the move, not that his skills said he should play there.
And last I look, when spring training happened, and he was 270 or more pounds, they continued with the plan instead of saying, 'um, he didn't lose 20-30 pounds, he gained weight (or stayed even), so it's probably not a good idea to proceed.' Instead, they carried on. See, here's a guy who has never played the OF, ever, and now you want a guy who has never had to judge routes to fly balls at any professional level to maneuver that weight out there, changing routes having to stop all that weight and re-direct and having to do it at the major league level.
It was a horrible plan and not one person is saying it was just because of his weight that it was a bad idea.
Edited by jimmer, 28 October 2016 - 03:10 PM.