Minnesota Twins: 4 Twins Players with Make or Break Years in 2022

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Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler runs to first during a game with the Tampa Bay Rays. (Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler runs to first during a game with the Tampa Bay Rays. (Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano connects for a single against the Kansas City Royals. (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports) /

Minnesota Twins with Something to Prove No. 3: Miguel Sano

Since Miguel Sano signed with the Minnesota Twins in 2009, it’s clear he’s undeniably talented. Just take a look at his career 162 game averages:

  • .238/.329/.481, 93 R, 39 HR, 100 RBI

There are clear holes in his game. He’s very strikeout prone because each swing he takes is designed to kill the baseball. His defense at first is only average for the most part (though it does keep improving). His eye has improved, but it’s still not great. But he’s still a solid player.

Unfortunately, Sano’s time with the team may be ending. He has a team option for next year, but at $14 million, it’s hard to see the team bringing him back without another season of improved play.

Sano doesn’t need to look much better than last year, as he was a fine first baseman (if you aren’t an overly cynical Twins fans who only thinks about his wasted potential). He just has continue to improve his defense and bring his OBP up even higher. If he can do that, he’ll be back for 2023. If not, we’ll be seeing him wear another jersey very soon.

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