Now that Byron Buxton has made his big league debut for the Minnesota Twins, the question becomes, when will Miguel Sano join him at the big league level? The power hitting third baseman has been on a terror in Double-A for the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Coming off Tommy John surgery, Sano was rusty to start the season. At point he was hitting .163. He’s now hitting .257 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs.
The rust is no longer there. In his last 10 games he’s hitting .278 with a pair of home runs and five RBIs. He’s also been battling a finger injury that caused him to miss some action.
Sano’s power would be a welcome addition to a Twins lineup that is lacking in that department. The Twins are currently ranked 26th in the league with 48 home runs.
What position would Sano play? That is the question Paul Molitor and the Twins are facing. They have a few options.
- The first option and the most logical option at the moment would be to play him as the everyday designated hitter. Sano has committed 13 errors at third base in Double-A. Throw in the factor that Trevor Plouffe is having an exceptional season as the Twins third baseman and it doesn’t make much sense for the Twins to make him the third baseman. The Twins have been in search of a productive designated hitter for quite some time and Sano would appear to be an ideal candidate to fill that void.
- If the Twins did decide to go ahead and play Sano at third base where would Plouffe wind up? They could decide to move Plouffe to left field. If the Twins do decide to have Sano play third base they could decide to try and trade Plouffe.
- Having Sano play left field is an idea that’s been tossed around by the members of the media. Sano is a big boy, but he’s athletic enough to make the transition. However, is it wise to have a guy making his big league debut play a position he hasn’t played in the past? He already has enough on his plate and it may not be the smartest idea.
No matter where Sano plays in the field, there is little doubt that he will bring power to a Twins lineup that’s in desperate need of it. It’s an exciting time to be a Twins fan.