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
Of the top prospects looking to break into things with the Twins, Sano has possibly the most to gain during Spring Training. As mentioned previously, offensive and statistical output isn’t something that ballclubs typically put much stock in. However, with Sano, if he’s able to prove his bat can play at the major league level and show some patience this spring, he can start to carve out a role.
Kennys Vargas is slated to be the Twins designated hitter, and Josmil Pinto is going to take at bats in the role as well. If Sano is going to show up with the Twins in 2015 though, it’s going to be first and foremost for his bat. While he may eventually take over for Trevor Plouffe, I’d bet on him sliding into the lineup before he does so in the field.
When Spring Training does get underway, the Twins will enter a season in which a certain amount of excitement should surround. Contrary to what the national opinion seems to be, this team should be improved, and is likely going to turn some heads.
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