I think we will need a future 3B when Sano replaces Mauer in a few years! Any options there?
Nelson Molina, Travis Blakenhorn, Trey Cabbage, possibly TJ White and Niko Goodrum, (the latter may be best as a versatile utility guy), and maybe even Gordon if another SS comes to light. There are also a couple SS in the low minors who might convert. The problem here is almost everyone is at A ball or lower.
But this also gives Sano time to actually play 3B on a daily basis for a year or two. The numbers, despite some bad plays here and there, indicate he's about average defensively. And this is despite being young, not allowed to play daily, only about 750 ML AB of experience, and the entire RF experiment last season.
He's a good athlete for a larger man with a gun for an arm. He charges the ball well. I have seen very few 3B in all my years who come up and are real assets with the glove immediately, and this includes the Twins history as well. Can't we just let the kid play some before we decide he can't play?
Back to Dozier....
Edited by DocBauer, 20 December 2016 - 08:47 AM.