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by Matt Sisk

Making a Sano Angel

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I caved and signed up for a free month of Netflix. I was duped by my curiosity to watch Ballplayer: Pelotero, but now that I'm hooked I need to find eight extra bucks a month. My main interest on Netflix is the documentaries. So let's stick to, and sift through, the facts on Miguel Sano...

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I recently dogged Sano a little bit by predicting he would fall from the gracious #1 spot on the top-20 Twins’ prospect list following 2013. I felt bad about this, mainly because Sano is the type of guy to make me eat my words. So, let me gush about Miguel in this post, and imagine the possibilities for this rough, Dominican diamond.

Many have predicted that eventually he will hit for average to go along with his platinum power. I will play along and believe what scouts are saying pertaining to Sano’s hit/at-bat ratio. I think .290 or higher would be a high batting average. For example, last year Albert Pujols hit .285 (25th in the AL).

Sano’s 2012 batting average of .258 was below our mark, but not by much. He was a 19-year-old in a 21-yr-old’s league. Miguel is going to catch up to his peers (meaning people older than him), and it will be in a large way. In Pelotero, Sano was a tall, skinny, cheery teenager. He has since mutated into a 6’4 - 235+lb. beast.

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The movie, Pelotero, was awesome. I have nothing but respect for Miguel Angel Sano, and his entire family. They had to prove their innocence to an MLB office that assumed Miguel and his family were guilty of age-fraud (because Sano was deemed "too good" to be 16). He passed each and every test or accusation. There is no question he was 16 when he signed.

In a weird way, Twins fans can thank the age-questioning fiasco surrounding Miguel for drastically lowering the eventual bonus amount to be paid to him. It was his first real media attack, but he kept his dream alive. He won’t give up, and the Twins never gave up on him.

After seeing Miguel go through so many different physical tests to prove he was not lying, you get the feeling this kid combines "Five-Star" talent with an attitude of “persistence through pain.” This kid will turn 20 in May, and can accomplish anything in the game. Watch out.

I remember Sano predicting 100 RBI for himself in his first full-season of minor league ball. Amazing. No matter what happens in 2013, Twins fans can have hope that there is an “Angel” on its way to Minnesota.

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Updated 03-18-2013 at 09:34 PM by mnfanforlife



  1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Ha, mutated! I love it.
  2. mnfanforlife's Avatar
  3. Twins Twerp's Avatar
    When is the sequal to the movie coming out?? Are there still camera's following him around minor league ball?
  4. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    Maybe a sequel is in the works?...but there is hardly any footage from his monster 2012 season on youtube. I have found about three home-run videos as a Beloit Snapper (~10% of his HR's)
    Updated 02-22-2013 at 11:19 PM by mnfanforlife
  5. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    Of course I wish the very best for Sano and the Twins. I know he was the youngest player on the team.
    Still, there seems a long bridge between hitting .258 in low A ball and being a star in MLB. Hope that all comes to pass.
    And as for my own 'over exuberance', I still think Arcia is the real deal.

    Hope they both become super-stars.
  6. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    Completely agree Old Goat. This was the positive end of the Sano spectrum.
    I was pretty negative in my top-20-post-2013 list of prospects. But Sano is on another level, and could force a big league debut in 2014. But 2015 to start the year is a good bet. If he needs to go to AAA in 2015, then he isn't Five-Star, in my opinion.

    Stay tuned for Ozzie's blog gush...
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