A season-ending injury can be disastrous for the progression of a young fantasy baseball prospect. It sets player back an entire calendar year and sometimes completely ruins a youngster’s confidence.
On the first of March, the Minnesota Twins announced that their star prospect, Miguel Sano, would unfortunately need Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his throwing elbow. Sano hurt the elbow last October while playing in the Dominican Winter League and it appears that the ailing elbow didn’t heal properly over the off-season.
The typical timetable to return from TJS is around 12-16 months, which would put the youngster out until the beginning of next spring training at the earliest. Fortunately, Sano is not a pitcher. He will still need to throw the ball across the diamond, but he won’t have to do it 100 times a game ,so he should be able to come back much quicker than pitchers.
Sano was widely considered one of the best prospects in all of fantasy and has drawn vast comparisons to 3B Miguel Cabrera. Sano has amazing size (6’4″, 245 pounds) and is a natural power-hitter. He truly has 30-home run potential.
Sano is obviously worth hanging onto. He is one of best young infielders in fantasy and his progress will simply be delayed one more season. Fantasy owners shouldn’t loose in the power slugger, because The Miguel Sano story will start before you know it.