01-09-2013, 10:57 PM #1
Article: For Better of Worse: Miguel Sano
You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.com/content.php?r=...se-Miguel-Sano
01-10-2013, 12:08 AM #2
I don't mind the split between Fort Myers and New Britain, but I think another split between New Britain and Rochester would be due at least until September 2014. Part of this is because of the likely move to first base (and for those who say he should move to the outfield, that involves learning a completely different skill and while he is capable of that, it would slow down everything). And Sano has a good height for 1st base anyway. Let him NOT worry about anything other than first base and smashing the ball. It's pretty simple.
01-10-2013, 12:09 AM #3
To answer your last question, yes it is definitely possible for Sano to pull a Mauer and skip AAA and start. I strongly feel that he will be lucky to make his Major league appearance in 2 years though. His glove is no where near ready to play in the majors and he still could use some work with the bat. He's just not a polished player like mauer, Harper, or even trout were. He very well could put together a great season this year and make the jump to AA.
My guess is that his strike out rate is higher because he got pitched around often (you know this with your Vargas comment but I just feel like expanding on the idea) in low A and that lead to impatients at the plate. My rough guesstamation for his 2013 stat line (split between A+ and AA) would be .285/.380/.575 (.955). But he could have 20 errors as well which would mean time in AAA to develop his glove.
Anyone think he will start at any other position than 3rd this year? Which one?
01-10-2013, 12:19 AM #4
"A shorter version of LeBron James"? Maybe a bit of a reach.
01-10-2013, 04:05 AM #5
Baseball players progressing through the playing levels in Australia may be looked at differently but they are generally promoted on performance so promotional talk about Sano I find interesting, over the past 2 seasons he has played at 5 & 6 level MLB leagues. His stats show raw power at that level of pitching with many home runs but having a closer look his contact % is not good with more Ks than hits, also he has made some 70 odd errors so where do you field him? The question only the future can tell is will he as the higher competition gets harder perform at a level to deserve promotion on merit not based on being a "No 1 prospect"?
01-10-2013, 04:57 AM #6
Why Not Sano? Only 12 errors in second half of A Ball is promising. A previous article also said he looked much improved and more mature defensively at Instructionals this Fall. He will end up at 3rd - given the solid coaching at the minor league level and eventual maturity of an athletic (19) year old witha strong arm.
Derek Jeter Fielding Errors in Minors
1993 - A Ball - 56 errors
1994 - A+ thru AAA - 25 errors
1995 - AAA - 29 errors
1996 - MLB - 22 errors
Just saying - Give the kid a chance (Wow)
01-10-2013, 07:27 AM #7
I'm of the opinion that the Twins should be in no rush to get Sano here at the expense of moving him to first base. At third, he's much more valuable and if it takes an extra season to find out that he just can't hack it there, so be it. Finding first basemen is easy. Finding third basemen is extremely difficult.
01-10-2013, 07:32 AM #8
What is causing him to k so much? is there a certain pitch he struggles with? or adapting to pitch sequences? or pitch placement? I also don't know how much work he needs defensively before he should make the show. But his power is ready now that much is a given.
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01-10-2013, 08:41 AM #12
I definitely think that Short LeBron can stay at 3B, as long as he doesn't get taller! His athleticism, arm and shortstop history will help a lot. I think the big thing with him will be in his head. If he wants to be a good fielder, he can be. It's as much about focus/concentration than anything.
As for his strikeouts, there are a couple of reasons. I said he was better at laying off of those tough breaking pitches just off the outside corner (remember Torii Hunter in his early years)... I also saw a guy who was trying to be patient at the plate, and sometimes too patient. This is going to sound dumb for a power hitter, but a couple of times I saw him strikeout because his swing at times can get too big, too long.
I mean, lots of people think he went back to Instructs to work on his defense at 3B, but no one should think he's ready as a hitter yet either.
I brought up the Mauer timeline comparison, but I do agree with others that say it is unlikely that he would be able to do the same, in large part due to the strikeout rate. Mauer, even at age 19, was able to control the strike zone, take walks while not striking out at lot. His approach and demeanor made it possible for him to be in the big leagues at 20. I don't see that with Sano. Some may be disappointed by that, but if he's ready at 21 or 22, that's still really good. That said, and I hate to over-play anything, he is a special player with special talent, so if he did do it, I wouldn't be completely shocked either.
01-10-2013, 09:12 AM #13
I'm a little uncertain what to think at the moment, Seth. I like your writeup here on Sano, but it certainly conflicts with other reports, for instance the Fangraphs notes about instructionals (Reports From Instructs: Miguel Sano | FanGraphs Baseball) which was linked in a previous forum thread.
From that article:Sano’s 6’3, 235 pound frame is still growing but is without shouting distance of what he’ll look like in the big leagues. His hands are okay, but his feet are just not quick enough to play third base. Sano is a below average runner that’s a little better underway and right field or first base look like his positional possibilities. Right field will expose his slow first step more but allow his plus arm to play while first base does the opposite.Sano is huge and powerful, but he is quite fast and runs the bases very well.
Defensively, Sano had a lot of errors, but he was much improved in the second half. After posting 30 errors in the season’s first half, he had just 12 in the second half. Having seen him play in early June and then again in early August, he looked so much better at the hot corner, much more relaxed, and ready before each pitch. If he would stop growing, he could take big strides with the glove on the immaculate fields in the Florida State League.
Anyway, that was mostly a longwinded way of saying, "I don't know."
01-10-2013, 09:18 AM #14
Sano did make considerable improvements over the course of the season and I agree with giving him an opportunity to stick at 3B, even if it delays his arrival in Minnesota a year. Frankly, the Twins have several guys in their organization that people seem quick to say will need to be moved to 1B and/or DH. I don't think it will do the 2015-16 Twins much good if they have five 1Bs/DHs, no matter how well those guys hit.
MWL pitchers definitely pitched around Sano, even when Vargas hit behind him. I have no idea whether that had the effect of Sano getting impatient and swinging at bad pitches or whether he just didn't have a great feel for the strike zone. I'm hoping FSL pitchers will challenge him more and we'll find out. I'm not real worried about the bigger ballparks cutting his HR totals much. I don't think too many of his HRs just eeked over the fence. If his HR totals drop, I suspect it will be due to facing better pitching.
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01-10-2013, 09:45 AM #16
No way Sano follows the same path Mauer did. The Twins are huge on defense and Mauer had no such concerns coming up through the minors.
01-10-2013, 09:47 AM #17
Sano will make room at whatever position or level he is ready for or needs to be moved to. I think 2014 will make the Twins decision on whether or not he will stick at 3B since they will have seen him play well over 200 games at the hot corner in full season ball. They should have a pretty good idea if it will work out. I'm alright planning on a full season in Ft Myers but having the flexibility to promote him if it's time.
The bigger issue is how do you determine if it's time to promote him. He destroyed the midwest league in April but cooled off in May/June. Cooled off is defined by a .775ish OPS... However he was batting .220 and striking out almost 30% of the time. His final two months were probably his most impressive though since he cut his K rate to 22% and cut down on his errors in the field. Very encouraging signs going forward.
My call is that 2013 is better and the board basically goes ballistic with promote him rants. The Twins finally relent in late July and promote him.
01-10-2013, 10:06 AM #18
If Sano does well in Ft. Myers in the spring, bring him up to New Britain in June or July and give him a Sept. callup so he can experience "the show". 2014 he needs to start in Rochester and stay there unless he has real good numbers. I think Twins should leave him at 3B and let him play 2 more years in the minors to improve his defense. Besides, Parmalee looks to be our 1B in 2014 and beyond.
01-10-2013, 10:34 AM #19
Most 'experts' I read say RF is more likely than 1B, citing that he's athletic enough for it and the fact that his 1 major defensive asset is his arm, which would be wasted at 1B. BUT, there's also a lot more of them saying he's going to stick at 3B now - they've always stated his defensive problems seemed to stem from lack of focus, which he appears to be changing for the better.
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01-10-2013, 11:17 AM #20
I have only seen the Documentary "Pelotero" and some occasional video clips of him going yard. I rely on "you guys" who have actually seen him for my opinion on his defensive ability.
Having never watched him... The picture being painted isn't rosy... but one thing tells me to stick with him at 3B.
He was originally a SS from the Dominican Republic. I'm not trying to stereotype at all but a SS in the Dominican Republic tends to have some skill. It's a SS factory down there.
I'm sure the academy diamond that he played on was fairly well groomed but the majority of fields in the DR are very poorly cared for. The DR shortstop has to learn to handle all kinds of unique hops because of the conditions they play on.
This suggests to me that Sano should be able to master 3B. Of course... I have no idea on this particulur individual. Just a blind comment on an assumed general thought. The individual will trump that every time.