Top 10 Minnesota Twins Players Right Now: No. 9-Miguel Sanó
By Otto Johnson
The Minnesota Twins enter 2022 in somewhat of a retooling stage, and even with the lockout coming to an end, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the Top 10 players the Minnesota Twins have right now, inspired by our friends at Nolan Writin’ and Reviewing the Brew.
For this list, we only included players who are currently the team’s best, meaning we left off players like Alex Kirilloff, whose potential is high but hasn’t performed as much as other players on this list or Kenta Maeda, who has performed well in the past but was awful last year and will miss most of (if not all) of this year.
We started the list off with right fielder Max Kepler, and we continue today with Miguel Sanó, the Twins first baseman and designated hitter. While there are more than a few Twins fans who don’t like Sanó’s three outcome style of play, it’s very hard to deny his talent.
Sanó spent a good chunk of time in March, April, and May of last year dealing with injuries and ineffectiveness, but he turned it on in the second half of the season, walking far more, hitting more homers, and driving his OPS to a respectable .778 after a horrendous start.
His power is some of the best in Twins history, as he currently sits twelfth in Twins history in homers (he should be Top 10 by years end) and fourth in slugging, and he’s made great strides to improve his defense and take more bases.
We’ll be realistic too. There are clear holes in his game, and he struggles greatly to pick up hits. He’s making a little more money than he’s worth. Twins fans have reasons to gripe and be frustrated by his play, but he’s overall still so talented.
This will likely be Miguel Sanó’s final season as a member of the Minnesota Twins for a while unless he’s looking to become a bench bat. At almost 29, he’s not going to develop much more than he has. Regardless of this, his pure ability still stacks up as a Top 10 player currently on this roster.