Yes, everyone in the country knows that the Twins are unbelievably cautious when it comes to promoting prospects. That being said, I think Sano forces their hand. If he wouldn’t have undergone Tommy John surgery prior to 2014 even starting, the argument could be made that he would have debuted a season ago.
Trevor Plouffe has made massive strides at third base, and has likely held off the eventual takeover from Sano for now. Other roster positions remain for Sano however, and the most likely is designated hitter. Kennys Vargas has been tied to reports of attitude issues during winter ball, and that’s not something that will fly with Molitor. He will need to continue to hit for power to stay in the lineup, and Sano will be breathing down his neck.
Much like Josmil Pinto previously, Sano won’t find his way onto the roster unless he is going to play significantly. Look for Sano to get the call earlier than the Super 2 deadline, and while his defense and average may not be there, the home runs will be a plenty.