Height: 6-3, Weight (Listed): 195, Weight (Actual): 230ish.
Acquired: Signed as a free agent from Dominican Republic in October, 2009. Signing Bonus: $3.15 million.
2010 GCL Stats: .291/.338/.466 (.804) with 14 doubles, 4 home runs (41 games).
2011 ETown Stats: .292/.352/.637 (.988) with 18 doubles, 7 triples, 20 home runs (66 games).
2012 Beloit Stats: .310/.444/.707 (1.151) with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs (17 games so far).
Baseball America Prospect Ranking: Pre-2010: 94, Pre-2011: 60, Pre-2012: 18
SethSpeaks.net Twins Prospect Ranking: Pre-2010: 1, Pre-2011: 1, Pre-2012: 1
Stats Pages: MiLB.com, Baseball Reference, Fan Graphs, First Inning, The Baseball Cube.
Movie Appearances: Pelotero, a documentary on him growing up in the Dominican as a baseball player.
Summary: The baseball world was surprised in late 2009 when the Twins were the team that Miguel Sano, the top prospect in the Dominican Republic in recent years, to a $3.15 million signing bonus. There were a lot of tests done in an attempt to show that Sano was not the 16-year-old that he claimed to be, but none of the tests proved that he was older. Tests were inconclusive. He has gradually moved up prospect rankings as he moves up the Twins organizational ladder.
Positives: His youth makes him incredibly intriguing as a prospect. His size and growth make him even more interesting. Sano has major power potential and some have compared his potential to Miguel Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez. Many, including LaVelle Neal of the StarTribune have referenced the way the ball jumps off of his bat. In 2011, he is walking at a career-high rate to this point.
Concerns: The Age situation. If it were to come out that he lied about his age, it would mean a 1-year suspension and affect his development. His contact rate. He is striking out almost 28% of his plate appearances right now in Beloit which is pretty high and an area he will need to improve. Defense. He has just three errors in 17 games so far, but many wonder whether he will be able to stay in the infield or if his future will be in the corner outfield positions or at 1B.
Interview with mlb.com's Jonathan Mayo:
Edited by Seth Stohs, 23 April 2012 - 01:13 PM.