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#1 mntwinsforever

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:47 AM

Name: Miguel Sano
Position: 3B
Height: 6'3
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed by the Twins as a non-drafted free agent on October 9, 2009.
Hometown: San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic

His pre-2013 prospect rating was #12 by MLB.com and #9 by BaseballAmerica.com

Other: Is appearing in a film sequel to Pelotero, a documentary by filmmaker Jon Paley. Here's a link with an interview with Paley: Camden Depot: An Interview with Jon Paley on his Miguel Sano film and the DR. (I plan on doing a little more research on this, because I think it's interesting!)

Sano is currently batting .395 with a .449 OBP in 43 plates appearances over 11 games.

More to come! :)

#2 Mr. Ed

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:55 PM

The legend of Sano continues. Grand Slam in the 7th as FM looks to make it 12 straight.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 05:07 PM

Awesome! I'll post some more tonight - got busy with some after school stuff. You rock, Mr. Ed!

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:13 PM

In addition to hitting a grand slam today, Sano is now on a 10 game hitting streak. Batting average is up to .413. (Thanks to Dustin Morse on twitter!)

Fort Myers Miracle is now 12-0.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 11:14 AM

Baseball America has released their hot sheet for this week and Miguel Sano is #1!!

You can read more about it here.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:48 AM

I've been thinking about big league comps for Sano. Everyone wants to make the Miguel Cabrera comparison, but I think that probably the best major league comparison is Giancarlo Stanton. The minor league numbers are pretty similar, particularly the power, batting average, and strike outs. I think its promising, that it appears so far that Sano appears to take more walks than Stanton ever did. Stanton was in AA ball by his 20th birthday, but I don't think Sano is far behind. Excluding an extended mid-season slump like last year (knock on wood), I think Sano is in AA-ball by the end of the season. I think Stanton is probably a much better outfielder than Sano will ever be at 3rd base, but I think the bat comparison is spot on. Frankly, I'd be thrilled if Sano turns out like Stanton.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 05:44 AM

7 Homers in April for Sano. .389AVG

All good

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 08:03 AM

Sano is having a GREAT year so far. All good stuff. He was even the Twins Twitter trivia question this week.

It will be interesting to see if he gets moved to AA this year or not. I read an 1500ESPN article on how he could hold his own in the majors right now (article here) and I am curious to see how many homers he'll hit this year.

My only concern is his defense - he didn't have a great year last year at 3B (committing 42 errors in 125 games) but I think they've been working with him on that. Not to rag on Trevor Plouffe at all, but I'm excited to see a third baseman come up that has a great bat and can play the bag well.

Still looking for more info on the movie and sequel - been a busy week at school...

#9 Seth Stohs

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:16 PM

Tonight, Miguel Sano launched his 8th home run of the year/month!

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 07:04 PM

I hate to bring it up and start the same conversation but when is it time to start moving some guys up? Buxton, Sano, and Rosario have all been very impressive and in Sano and Rosario's cases they have shown huge strides on defense. Just a though though, I'm not saying they "have to move them now!"

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 01:24 AM

I hate to bring it up and start the same conversation but when is it time to start moving some guys up? Buxton, Sano, and Rosario have all been very impressive and in Sano and Rosario's cases they have shown huge strides on defense. Just a though though, I'm not saying they "have to move them now!"


Pretty much every thread on here thinks most of the player movement will happen at midseason. Injuries requiring roster shuffling could lead to a move earlier though.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:45 AM

Hit #9 on Friday. Interesting that last season only 25 players hit more than 9 FSL homers all year. Only 10 hit more than 12. Another week or two like this and Miguel may force the Twins hand. With Levi Michael back in action, there are only so many innings available at 2B/SS for he, Rosario & Petterson to split. A Sano promotion could open the door at 3rd for Levi & Adam to prove their worth as potential Utility IF's down the road.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 08:08 AM

Apologies for the delay in posting this week - May is a busy month at school.

I'm still pretty new to following the minor leagues, but can they be called up from ANY of our affiliates? A, AA, AAA, etc? Or do they have to be at a certain location before being called up? I would imagine we may see Buxton and Sano before the season's over.

This week he was named Twinkie Town's Minor League Player of the Week and he continues to stay hot, with an average of .364. He's hit 9 homeruns so far on the year.

Jason Hunt posted a great article on Sano as well today - check it out here.

Today, Baseball Hot Corner posted an article about David Price and how the Twins could lure them into trading Price for Sano and Buxton. I'd really hate to see that happen, because I feel like all offseason it's been, "Don't worry, we have these awesome prospects coming up!" and if we trade them, we'll be let down. That's just my opinion. I'm not against Price at all, he's a great pitcher (and we need decent pitchers, since *cough cough* Worley hasn't been working out that well), but I don't like the idea of building towards the future only to have them be traded away.

Any thoughts on this? I guess this is just what I'm thinking currently.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 09:12 AM

As much as I like Price, and as much as I think Price would make this team instantly legit, I would bet good money that Terry Ryan would never do this. To make this trade viable, Ryan would also have to sign Price to a long-term extension and he would never give a pitcher a contract like the one Price would require.

And yes, the Twins can call up a player from any level they chose. Though rare, there has been a history of some players skipping the minors alltogether. While a Sano call-up this year is not an impossiblity, I wouldn't set the expectations too high, getting to AAA this year would even go against the grain for the Twins.

Buxton almost surely won't get called up. The Twins have a track record of keeping HS drafted players in the Midwest League for an entire season regardless of production. Buxton getting to Ft. Myers this year would be a rare occurance within this organization, though I think we may be in luck with that goal actually.

Thanks for the Sano updates.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 09:36 AM

I am thinking if the Twins would probably need one of them and another B prospect. Sano and Buxton are both A prospects. I personally would NOT like to see either of them traded for Price. He would pretty much be a rental as their is little chance we could afford to bring him back. He is going to get the biggest contract ever given to a right handed pitcher. He is better and younger than Greinke (also no psychological issues). The Yankees and the Dodgers are going to bid so hard for this guy that the national guards of New York and California are going to get called in. I'll take my chances with developing Sano slowly and Buxton at a little faster pace. P.S. I would love to have multiple paragraphs, but the enter does not work while using explorer.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 09:43 AM

As much as I like Price, and as much as I think Price would make this team instantly legit, I would bet good money that Terry Ryan would never do this. To make this trade viable, Ryan would also have to sign Price to a long-term extension and he would never give a pitcher a contract like the one Price would require.

And yes, the Twins can call up a player from any level they chose. Though rare, there has been a history of some players skipping the minors alltogether. While a Sano call-up this year is not an impossiblity, I wouldn't set the expectations too high, getting to AAA this year would even go against the grain for the Twins.

Buxton almost surely won't get called up. The Twins have a track record of keeping HS drafted players in the Midwest League for an entire season regardless of production. Buxton getting to Ft. Myers this year would be a rare occurance within this organization, though I think we may be in luck with that goal actually.

Thanks for the Sano updates.


I was kind of thinking Sano stays the whole year to work on 3b. I was also thinking (hoping) that Buxton gets the nod after the futures game to go down (up in the system) to Ft. Myers. Buxton is slightly old for his school grade. I want to say he will be 20 in December so maybe the Twins make an exception. The fact that he is ripping up the Midwest League may also help them break their normal approaches.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:16 PM

He's a lefty. Otherwise I agree.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 06:59 PM

ESPN has a story on Sano due to his awesomeness. Here is the link:

Top Twins prospect Miguel Sano starring in documentary - ESPN

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:18 PM

Any news on why Sano wasn't in the FTM lineup tonight? I saw he had a HBP yesterday early in the game and was taken out in the 7th inning. Hoping it's just a day off

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:59 AM

Any news on why Sano wasn't in the FTM lineup tonight? I saw he had a HBP yesterday early in the game and was taken out in the 7th inning. Hoping it's just a day off


From what I've seen on Twitter - Miguel has a bruised elbow from the HBP. Says he'll be out at least 2 days.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:11 PM

Today, Baseball Hot Corner posted an article about David Price and how the Twins could lure them into trading Price for Sano and Buxton. I'd really hate to see that happen, because I feel like all offseason it's been, "Don't worry, we have these awesome prospects coming up!" and if we trade them, we'll be let down. That's just my opinion. I'm not against Price at all, he's a great pitcher (and we need decent pitchers, since *cough cough* Worley hasn't been working out that well), but I don't like the idea of building towards the future only to have them be traded away.

Any thoughts on this? I guess this is just what I'm thinking currently.


I don't think the Rays even call a meeting on that. Hell, if the secretary fields the call, she should know to say yes and fax the documents to the league office.

Those two will be top 5 prospects on every list this coming offseason and David Price is getting ready to get PAID. (And he's kind of stunk this year)

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 02:04 PM

Thanks for keeping the thread going this week, guys - my grandfather passed, so I've haven't been able to get on here.

Down on the Farm listed the 5 top prospects, with Sano as #1. The article is here. Buxton is also listed, along with Alex Meyer, Kyle Gibson, and Oswaldo Arcia.

I honestly don't see the Price thing working out - I think it's just some smoke that was being blown around last week.

Sano has 10 homers in 30 games, and is currently batting .378. I missed out if he missed some games this week - my apologies.

ALSO - it is his BIRTHDAY today, so wish him a good one on twitter @SanoMiguel. He is the big 2-0 today. Happy Birthday, Miguel!

I'm off to freeze at the game tonight - I'm hoping I'll be able to stay on top of things a bit better next week. Thanks for your patience everyone. :)

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 03:07 PM

From Jim Callis' chat today:


Miguel Sano (Fort Myers, FL): Do I really have a chance to play 3B at the major league level, or am I destined for 1B or the OF?
Jim Callis:[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue] Destined to move, but with your power it won't matter.
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If the season ended today .. Who is your MILB player of the year ?
Jim Callis:[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue] Miguel Sano.[/FONT][/COLOR]

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 03:42 PM

I don't think the Rays even call a meeting on that. Hell, if the secretary fields the call, she should know to say yes and fax the documents to the league office.

Those two will be top 5 prospects on every list this coming offseason and David Price is getting ready to get PAID. (And he's kind of stunk this year)


According to Ryan in a spring training interview, the Rays asked for Sano straight up for Shields. Ryan turned them down flat. Based on that, I'm not surprised they'd ask for Sano and Buxton for Price. I just can't imagine the Twins doing that.
"If you'da been thinkin' you wouldn't 'a thought that.."

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:26 PM

Tonight, Miguel had an RBI triple among his multi-RBI, multi-hit night. Miracle are 8-0 against the Stone Crabs.

I found a few more links on the sequel documentary "The Miguel Sano Story". They're a couple of weeks old, but still relevant.

ESPN story here.

Rantsports here.

Batting average is at .362 (week ending 5/18). He's leading the FSL with 11 homeruns.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:46 AM

Tonight, Miguel had an RBI triple among his multi-RBI, multi-hit night. Miracle are 8-0 against the Stone Crabs.

I found a few more links on the sequel documentary "The Miguel Sano Story". They're a couple of weeks old, but still relevant.

ESPN story here.

Rantsports here.

Batting average is at .362 (week ending 5/18). He's leading the FSL with 11 homeruns.


Hes gonna be an XBH, RBI and HR machine among the many things he will be doing well.

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 11:57 PM

A little delayed, but I am now on summer vacation (woohoo!) so I will be able to stay a little more up to date here. Sano's batting average is at .349 and he hit homers in each of the games against Lakeland last week. Impressive. He is also leading high-A with 13 home runs so far. Most impressive. (Please tell me you guys got the Star Wars references...)

I did find this link for Rant Sports, and I'm not sure I fully agree with it. While yes, it would not cause any harm for Sano to have taken Plouffe's spot for the week, I still feel apprehensive since he hasn't played above high-A ball. I know he's totally ripping it up with the Miracle this year and maybe he IS ready, but I feel like promoting him would be hasty. Of course, if he rips it up while in the majors, that would be awesome. But I guess I worry he could go into a rut like Aaron Hicks or other prospects who have come up and not done well. Plus he's still young, so we have plenty of time to see him come up in the next year or two. I guess I want to see him play at least at the Double-A level before the season is over. Maybe a September call up could be interesting, and hopefully boost fan morale a little bit. :)

Here's an article from MLB Trade Rumors, saying how the organization has a strong start for the minor leagues. I guess I would like to see Buxton and Sano as potential candidates for a September call up, but nothing sooner. I know the Twins are back in the AL Central basement with little hopes to get out this year and I know some fans really want these guys up here NOW, but I say: Let's be patient. They will get their chance.

I guess with the Twins stinking, I should listen to the Miracle broadcasts more. :go:

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 10:05 PM

Happy June to you all. Twins have won the last two games against the Mariners, so there's some positivity for you.

Off day for Miguel Sano today - Seth Stohs tweeted about it early https://twitter.com/...293987325440001

I think some people were upset he was sitting? Hey, come on, even our superstars need rest. Justin Morneau had the flu today yesterday (or today too, my days are mixed together right now). It happens. (I also hope that embedded right.)

Let's look at some numbers, shall we?

According to Baseball-Reference (my current best friend on stats), here's what we've got:

Batting average: .337
OBP: .431
In 52 games, he has had 190 at bats and still hanging out with 13 homeruns. Seems like he's cooled a bit, but that's okay, we're heading into the heart of the season here.

Charley Walters had a great article with the Pioneer Press from a couple days ago asking Terry Ryan about Buxton and Sano. It seems like people REALLY want these guys to come up. I stand by what I said last week - give it time. and that's what TR said, too. No time frame on these guys - be patient, Twins fans!! Enjoy games like today and yesterday! Pretend we don't have to play Detroit or the Yankees or so on. :)

Michael Rand (@RandBall on the twitter machine) posted a blog entry on the Star Tribune site about Buxton being the no. 2 prospect on ESPN.com and Sano being no. 6. Buxton moves up from being no. 22 when the season started to no. 2 and Sano moves from 11 to 6. I haven't been following Buxton TOO much here (since Sano is my guy) but I know he's been tearing it up in Cedar Rapids. I'm tempted to go down and see a game (it's only 5 hours away, you know...)

To all the impatient fans out there who want these guys up yesterday, to you I say: be patient. We all survived the huge slump that was the late 90's. We can do it again. Hang in there! :o

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 12:24 PM

Videos: Miguel Sano: El swing perfecto - Naples, FL | Naples Daily News

In his own words.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 02:58 PM

Per Twitter, Miguel Sano has been promoted to AA New Britain Rock Cats. He hit home runs 15 and 16 this weekend, with his BA at .330.