Miguel Sano has made a lot of noise in the Minnesota Twins’ organization over the last couple years. The 19-year-old third baseman was recently named the 12th-ranked prospect in MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospect list. The 6’ 3”, 195 Dominican earned that honor through his raw power, which was evident in his first year of A ball. Playing for Beloit–Minnesota’s A affiliate–in 2012, Sano knocked in 100 runs while smacking 28 homeruns in 129 games.
Sano is filling out his large 6’3” frame and many big league scouts suggest his plus power is still improving. Seeing no reason to rush such a rare power threat, the Twins will likely start Sano in Fort Meyers, their high A squad. The youngster is somewhat of a raw talent and will need to improve certain areas of his game to continue to progress as a ball player.
Last year he struck out 144 times while walking only 80 times. While that type of ratio isn’t totally ridiculous for a big time slugger, the Twins would like to see those two numbers a bit closer to one another, especially in A ball.
Defense is another area that Sano will need to work on to become a serious big league option at third. He had 48 errors in 2012, which equated to a subpar .884 fielding percentage. The hot corner is a position that gets much tougher as you advance through the minors–it’ll be interesting to see how he improves this year. It could be that a move to first base or the outfield is inevitable. A move to first base may be a waste of talent as Sano is reported to have a big-time arm. Hopefully as he grows into his frame, the third baseman’s hands will settle down a bit.
As their top prospect, the Twins will carefully escort Sano through the minor leagues, so it may be a few years before he has the chance to break camp with the big league club. However, he’s a name Twins fans will certainly be checking in on as he gets older. Surely the Dominican native will enjoy playing in a warmer climate this year, which may result in more prolific power numbers, and if all goes well, Sano will reward Twins fans with a rare, young power bat in just a few years.