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#1 Nick Nelson

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:06 PM

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:30 AM

Nice write up Nick. I've read alot of these over the last couple years, but you've managed to paint Sano in a slightly different light. It seems like that with his arm, if he can't stick at 3rd, he'd be more of an asset in RF. Maybe its time to move him now?

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:31 AM

Thanks for the write-up. One note, its Kiley McDaniel, not McDonald. I'm not trying to be anal or anything as I know I make mistakes all the time, just want to give credit appropriately.

I, as I'm sure most of us do, really hope that Sano can develop into a serviceable third baseman. I think he's got the skills to do it. Only saw him play once, but to me it seemed that he could be ok there with more time and reps. He definitely has the arm for it, but yes footwork is the main issue. I'm very excited to see what Sano can become.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:18 AM

Never heard of this guy before...

#5 Mike Sixel

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:41 AM

Great free agent signing. Sometimes you have to be willing to spend more than other teams to sign a legit, big time, FA. I'm very glad Bill Smith was the GM at that point.....
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:55 AM

Twins do not need outfielders at this time. Ist Base or DH are the other options

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:21 AM

He'll stay at 3rd base.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:20 AM

I bet Sano will be better than Punto--and Gardy was Jake with him.

#9 Nick Nelson

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:21 AM

Thanks for the write-up. One note, its Kiley McDaniel, not McDonald. I'm not trying to be anal or anything as I know I make mistakes all the time, just want to give credit appropriately.

Oops, thank you! Fixed. Definitely want to credit him properly as his work is outstanding.

#10 lee_the_twins_fan

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:32 PM

Certainly Sano looks like a power producer. I get that. But if he's never going to hit for average or be a decent fielder what's the point? I'd rather have Hicks – a true five-tool outfielder, than someone who hits a lot of bombs, but who strikes out a lot and is a poor fielder. Yes, you can put him in right field, or a 1st base, but in my opinion, you cannot hide players on the field. Defense is important too. I'd put him further down on the list, say fourth. I like well-rounded players better than players who are just power threats. I'm not saying he cannot develop into a better fielding player, but I'd want to see that potential before I move him higher on the list.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:53 PM

If he truly grew an inch in the past year, isn't it even more implausible that he is 23.

Very psyched he is going to be in the Twins organization for the next 9-10 years, minimum.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:25 PM

Miguel is a wonderful young man. The first thing he asked me when he moved into my home in Elizabethton "Will I have enough to eat here?" Needless to say, he had enough to eat, learned quite a bit of English and we fine tuned some of the social skills he will need in the big leagues. He has a lot on his shoulders with a large family to support back home in the Dominican Republic. I can't wait to see him in spring training this year.

Edited by Madre Dos, 15 February 2013 - 07:29 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:39 PM

Sano is one big dude. Is he the biggest position prospect in the Twins minor league organization? He has to be the most athletic big man in the organization. Although not a prospect - I believe even Willingham is not as athletic as Sano in my opinion.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:51 PM

They should start teaching him how to play 1B anyway. He'd be much more valuable if he could play both. We'll know things are in motion when TK starts working with him at 1st.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:14 PM

Sounds like Sano might be a decent baseball player.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:17 PM

I believe even Willingham is not as athletic as Sano in my opinion.

I'd love to hear your definition of the word "athletic".

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:56 AM

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:38 AM

Twins do not need outfielders at this time. Ist Base or DH are the other options


By the time Sano makes it to the majors, there might be a need for a corner outfielder, and his strong arm might be valuable in right field.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

By the time Sano makes it to the majors, there might be a need for a corner outfielder, and his strong arm might be valuable in right field.


RF doesn't seem to be a difficult position to teach. If the handwriting ever becomes on the wall, they can spend his final minor league season doing that, or even half a season, and he'll be adequate, with a chance to improve with further experience.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:45 PM

RF doesn't seem to be a difficult position to teach. If the handwriting ever becomes on the wall, they can spend his final minor league season doing that, or even half a season, and he'll be adequate, with a chance to improve with further experience.

Twins are okay with moving 1B-pedigree to RF late in his development, so there doesn't seem to be a need to rush Sano into the OF any time soon.