Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano got the chance to finally showcase his talents in a Major League Baseball spring game. The outcome was far better than anyone in the organization could have imagined.
Minnesota’s top prospect went 2-for-5 with two singles and one run scored against the New York Yankees. He also started at third base and never came out of the game. It was obviously a dream come true for someone who has long desired to suit up for the Twins at the top level.
The 19-year-old was outstanding at the plate, but was even more impressive with his defensive skills at third. He showed true potential, as there was no denying his skill set. He made grabs and throws that any Major League player would have made in his position. There is no question Sano was on a mission to prove that he was born to play in the big leagues.
“I was pretty impressed. He did that and rifled them over there and got some guys with some decent speed,” right-handed pitcher Cole De Vries, who pitched four scoreless innings in the win, told Twins.com. “That was awesome. He played really well.”
The fact that Sano was able to have that kind of performance against the Yankees proves how talented he really is. It is not just that Sano played the best baseball of his career against some of the top players in the league, it’s the fact that he did it against the most famous baseball team in the world. I have to imagine most players in Single-A that got the call to play the night before the game would be dealing with plenty of nerves.
Sano credits his outstanding defensive work at third base to Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, who works in Minnesota’s front office. Molitor has been helping Sano get used to playing the position after he made the move from shortstop. Obviously, the lessons are paying off.