The Minnesota Twins need some good news these days. With the comments coming down from Terry Ryan that Byron Buxton will have his season come to an end, anything on the positive front is welcomed. Miguel Sano, the Twins uber talented third base prospect is well on his way to Target Field by the sounds of it.
Sano had his season end before it began after needing to undergo Tommy John surgery. While the procedure is much less harsh for a position player than it is for a pitcher, it still takes a toll on the body.
Right now, Sano has gotten back to swinging a bat and is on a throwing program at extended spring training. With the timetable he is currently on, it looks like Sano could be an option for the second half of the Dominican Winter League.
This is great news for the Twins, as having Sano knock some of the rust off prior to big league spring training is a big plus. With Trevor Plouffe the only real competition at third base, Miguel Sano has a very real possibility of being the Twins opening day third basemen come next year.
For Plouffe, a strong finish to the 2014 season will likely help to bide him some time when it comes to staying ahead of Sano. However, Sano presents a much higher ceiling and has a power swing that is incredibly coveted by the Twins lineup at this point.
Look for Miguel Sano to continue to progress through the offseason and be ready to go in 2015. The fact that there has been no setbacks is a great thing.