Report: Minnesota Twins to promote Miguel Sano
by, 06-09-2013 at 05:33 PM (748 Views)
The Minnesota Twins made a significant move today in the farm system, moving third base prospect Miguel Sano from Fort Myers (A+) to New Britain (AA) reported CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and was confirmed by 1500ESPN’s Darren Wolfson.
Sano was posting remarkable numbers in the Florida State League. Prior to today’s Miracle game – in which Sano belted his 15th and 16th home runs of the year – Sano’s .629 slugging percentage was leading the league. That power output looks even better in comparison to the rest of the FSL, a notoriously pitcher-friendly league, where the average slugging percentage is .378.
Over the last few seasons, Sano had made some progress at the plate and has quieted his pre-swing movement resulting in his best season to date in his professional career.
Insiders have made comments saying that Sano is not necessarily a candidate for relocation away from third. After a season with 42 errors, Sano has trimmed that down to a more manageable 11 gaffs so far this year. Miracle manager told 1500 that he would be hesitant to moving him from the position and also said that roving instructor Paul Molitor has been working hard with improving his defense.
What can Sano expect from Double-A? At 20 years old, Sano will join just two other hitters in the Eastern League (Jose Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts) who cannot legally purchase beer. Competition and strategy increases significantly over the lower levels as well. The talent is greater and the pitching is more polished.
Sano is now one level closer to making good on his promise to reach the major leagues this season. If he is able to rip apart Eastern League pitching like he did to the Florida State League, it would be difficult to keep him down.