March 21, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano (97) in the dugout against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Coming off of Tommy John surgery, Sano has a highly anticipated arrival at the major league level. While Trevor Plouffe likely did enough to fend him off for now, Spring Training will give fans a glimpse into just how close Sano is to being ready for the real deal.
Injury return aside, watching Sano in Spring Training should be about his approach at the plate, and where his defensive ability stands. For the immediate future, Plouffe should have third wrapped up, with Sano’s best bet of playing time come from the designated hitter spot. If he can show a cut down on strike outs, a better command of the plate, and a heightened defensive ability, Paul Molitor will make sure to find a place for him.