Miguel Sano Providing Stability In The Middle Of The Minnesota Twins Lineup
The Minnesota Twins continue to have the flare for the dramatic when it comes to winning baseball games. Brian Dozier, hot off an All-Star snub, delivered a three-run blast in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Twins over the Tigers, 8-6. Minnesota scored seven runs in the bottom half of the ninth to provide a statement win against the AL Central rival Tigers. One player that deserves some credit for the teams recent success, however, is third baseman/designated hitter Miguel Sano.
Sano, 22, was one of the Twins top prospects, number two to be exact, heading into the 2015 campaign, right behind teammate Byron Buxton of course. Sano mashed in Double-A Chattanooga prior to his call-up, slashing at a line of .274/.374/.544 with 18 doubles, 15 home runs, 48 RBI’s while notching 38 walks. The Minnesota Twins were in desperate need of a power bat in the middle of their lineup and Sano is delivering the goods.
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Sano made his Major League debut on July 2 against the Kansas City Royals, going 1-for-4 while striking out twice. Since that time, Sano has failed to collect a hit in just one game! In nine games this season with Minnesota, Sano failed to record a hit in just one game, which was Thursday night at home against the Detroit Tigers. Not bad for a rookie, right?
His stats right now are incredible, especially for a team that was in-need of a slugger. Sano is currently batting .414/.528/.621 with three doubles, one home run, five RBI’s and seven walks.
The Twins as a team are toward the middle of the pack in hitting. With Sano in the lineup, that will seemingly change. Minnesota ranks 14th in the Majors in runs with 359, 17th in batting average (.251), 23rd in on-base percentage (.304) and 18th in slugging percentage (.394). How scary will this lineup be when Byron Buxton returns? Buxton has been out since June 24 as he continues to battle inflammation regarding his sprained left thumb.
Until then, Sano continues to be a force in the heart of Minnesota’s order. Not to mention, the Twins are 6-3 since Sano’s call-up.