ESPN Insider Keith Law Big On Six Twins Prospects
March 21, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano (97) reacts after he hit a double during the second inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
#15 Miguel Sano
Although Twins fans may not be excited by this ranking, Law substantiates it with his reasoning. Miguel Sano has been moved around in prospect rankings but has typically hovered around the top ten. After losing last season to Tommy John surgery, it makes sense that he would fall back some. That being said, Law believes that Sano won’t debut until 2016. With potential at 3rd or DH, I’d argue that point couldn’t be more wrong. He could be up as early as the All-Star break, and should be a regular by the time September call ups come around.
In looking at Sano, Law says, “When healthy, Sano has grade-80 raw power, with the potential to hit 30-35 homers a year in the majors, generating that output with a rotational swing that makes good use of his hips and legs. He’s done a good job of improving his ball/strike recognition, but will probably always be a 150-plus strikeout guy, as he can overswing and expands his zone when behind in the count.”
Again, I don’t think Law’s timetable on Sano will prove to be accurate, but he’s spot on in his analysis. Sano is going to mash at the major league level, strike out a decent amount, and consistently allow his bat to find his way into the field. Expect him to be doing so for the Twins during the late summer this season.