March 21, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins infielderMiguel Sano
(97) in the dugout against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
#3 3B- Miguel Sano
Despite being behind two players, there is no shame where Sano rests amongst his position. Kris Bryant is one of the top two prospects in all of baseball, and Joey Gallo is expected to crush baseballs for the Rangers long into the future. Sano’s development was somewhat stunted in that he missed all of 2014 due to Tommy John surgery. That being said, there’s little reason to worry about his long-term projections.
Coming into big league camp, Sano will look to make his bat play. His best chance at getting to Minnesota sooner rather than later may be through the designated hitter spot. If Kennys Vargas struggles at the plate, Minnesota could call on Sano. Not a lock to stay at first base, his bat should be assumed to launch near 25 home runs in a full season.
Look for Sano to find a groove early, and establish himself back into the game in 2015. He likely will start out at Double-A Chattanooga, but he shouldn’t be on the farm too long this season. Best case scenario would be a mid-summer promotion, with a worst case scenario looking like September.