Last season, Minnesota Twins prospect Miguel Sano saw his season end before it even got started. Having to go under the knife for Tommy John surgery during the offseason, Sano found his 2014 a complete wash. Now with Spring Training 2015 rolling around an Sano figuring into a major league promotion, he appears to be all systems go.
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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press recently talked with Brad Steil, the Twins director of minor league operations. In the conversation, Berardino learned that the third basemen should be good to rock and roll when the 2015 season gets going. Steil said, “He’s doing pretty much everything. I don’t know if (Twins trainers) are going to watch how much activity he has in the first few days. Sometimes guys get in there and air it out and overdo it.”
There’s no doubt that Miguel Sano will be itching to get back into the swing of things. Having missed a full season of baseball, the Twins will almost assuredly be monitoring him over the first few days of camp. If he comes out and pushes himself too hard right out of the gate and risks future injury, no one in the organization stands to gain.
Obviously having not faced live pitching in a game situation for over a year, there is going to be plenty of rust for the Twins prospect. Miguel Sano has always been regarded as a player that should have little problem crushing baseballs even at the major league level. That said, he’s always struggled to a certain extent with strikeouts, and the rust could heighten that somewhat to begin the 2015 season.
He still remains in the top 15 of nearly all major publications prospect rankings, and he’s the Twins number two prospect behind Byron Buxton. If Sano can get things going early in Spring Training and show he’s ready for more, there’s no telling how quickly the Twins could accelerate him to the major league level.
Probably arriving for the Twins first with his bat, Sano could be somewhat blocked at third base by Trevor Plouffe. Kennys Vargas occupies the designated hitter spot, and will have plenty of at bats to share with Joe Mauer and Josmil Pinto already. How and when Miguel Sano makes his debut at Target Field is still largely up in the air, but he appears all systems go for the 2015 season.
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