Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:00 AM
All in all, this isn't disastrous. Frustrating, definitely. Disastrous, no.
It'd be a lot worse if this was Meyer, not Sano.
Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:08 AM
Kennys Vargas is 23, he's only had 1 full minor league season due to injuries/suspensions.
Eddie Rosario is out 50g this year (so will only have half a season).
And then Sano.
Can anyone benefit from Sano's spot being open at New Britian?
Trying to find a positive here...
Could Travis Harrison move up more quickly? Maybe do a A/A+ to A+/AA this year?
I wish this surgery has been scheduled sooner, but they did consult James Andrews, so I can't (or we) shouldn't plant this one on the Twins medical staff, as you're not going to get better advice than that.
Definitely disappointing...though, a few reports said that the reason Sano had such a 'tough' 2nd half at New Britian last year was because of the elbow injury was already bothering him there. So that .236 average and higher K rate (still not alarming, he also increased his BB rate) could also be alleviated with this surgery - of which many of us were expecting him to 'work out' through playing.
Which...really is the only thing keeping Sano from being the Twins every day 3B...
If the elbow was healthy and he somehow hit .310 there last year, he's the opening day Twins 3B this year.
So hoping this surgery will do for him what we hoped a few ABs would do for him.
Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:38 AM
Pretty certain that he cannot play in the AWL per agreement with the MLB. Not sure how Rosario got to do that last season, but unlike Sano, he is Puerto Rican. So likely DWL will be the first game situation for him
Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:39 AM
I hope the surgery goes well and that this is just a momentary set back. The man is clearly a talent and I don't expect this to impact his hitting ability. I must admit, though, I am having a hard time thinking of many position-player TJ cases.
I hope Miguel keeps his spirits high (and his weight low) as he rehabs.
Edited by Dance with Disco Dan, 01 March 2014 - 08:43 AM.
Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:41 AM
He will need time to recover. He still has to improve his fielding to be an adequate at the hot corner. Plus his batting average needs to be at least .250+ to warrant a promotion imo.
Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:48 AM
And I hope that this gives him a mental break as well as a physical one. One of the things his agent noted yesterday was that he hadn't "had any time off since he was 15" and that the injury may have been due (at least in part) to the stress placed on his arm in his youth.
If he hasn't had a physical break, he probably hasn't had a mental break either so a few weeks away from baseball might be a good thing before he gears up again to work on the things that Thrylos mentioned.
Is this what he or the Twins or any of us would have wanted to happen? Of course not. But now that it has happened, they need to make the best of it.
Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:53 AM
Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:55 AM
I'm still looking forward to Twins baseball today! I will get to see the game on TV while its snowing out here!
As for Mr. Sano keep ur head up and do you're due diligence and you'll be fine! Here's to hoping the best for the young man, and a good future outcome. If its 10 months from now he's back and ready or even 12 months, the timing will be perfect for next year and probably at AA New Britian after EXT.
Top Twins prospects ? 1.Byron Buxton (OF-AA) 2.J.O. Berrios (P-AAA) 3.Jorge Polanco (2B-AAA) 4.) Tyler Jay (P-A+) 5. Nick Gordon (SS-A) 6. Tyler Duffey (P-AAA) 7. Stephen Gonsalves (P-A+) 8. Felix Jorge (P-A) 9. Max Kepler (OF-AA) 10.Alex Meyer (P-AAA) 11. Kohl Stewart (P-A+) 12. Wander Javier (SS-RK) 13. Chih-Wei-Hu (SP-A+) 14. A.B. Walker (OF-AA) 15. Travis Harrison (OF-AA) Just Missed Nick Burdi (RP-A+), P Jake Reed, C Stuart Turner. (e.Rosario, t. May, m. Sano graduates)
Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:59 AM