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Twins prospect Miguel Sano started near-brawl by ‘pimping’ his game-winning homer

May 11, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

pimpin aint easy

Happy birthday to Twins top prospect Miguel Sano, who turned 19 years old today and is hitting .303 with 10 homers, 20 walks, and a 1.072 OPS in 33 games at low Single-A.

One of those homers was a game-winner last week against the Angels’ affiliate in the Midwest League and the benches cleared because, as Cedar Rapids manager Jamie Burke put it: “I think he kind of pimped that home run a little bit.”

Here’s more from Jeff Johnson of the Cedar Rapids Gazette:

Sano stood in the batter’s box awhile to watch his homer against relief pitcher Carmine Giardiana. He trotted the bases, but virtually stopped a few feet before touching the plate, taking off his batting helmet as Kernels catcher Abel Baker barked at him.

Sano glared at the Kernels dugout after finally touching the plate, with Kernels players continuing to give him significant grief. He took a step toward Baker, and the dugouts began to empty, with umpires Fernando Rodriguez and Paul Clemons, as well as both teams’ coaching staffs, doing a good job of squelching what could have been an ugly scene.

Also worth noting is that being annoyed by Sano’s actions following the homer didn’t stop Burke from effusively praising him as a player:

He’s young, but he’s one heck of a player, man. He’s unbelievable. That’s the best player I’ve seen here, by far.

Twins fans may remember Burke as the White Sox catcher who got destroyed by Torii Hunter in a home plate collision back in 2004.

  1. Charles Gates - May 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Sano doesn’t sound scrappy enough to make it as a Twin.

    • wlschneider09 - May 11, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      We’re also not very into infielders who can hit home runs.

      Sigh.

    • biasedhomer - May 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Why would they call up a 19 year old that is in single A?

      • wlschneider09 - May 11, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Can’t speak for Charles for certain, but I’m not advocating an immediate call up (even though I suspect he couldn’t/wouldn’t be that much worse) as much as I am lamenting the current state and direction of the Twins roster.

      • nvandy42 - May 11, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        Tell the Nationals that. Either way I agree there is no way Sano makes it up to the Tiwns this year. I would like to see him hit his way up to Triple A by the end of the season. He’s been super consistent every level he’s been at. If he’s not bumped up to a higher level of the minors this year there is something else wrong besides his production…

      • natstowngreg - May 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        Agree about Sano’s progress. As for calling up a 19-year old, not the same situation as with Harper. Sano was signed as a raw 16-year old and brought along slowly. Took him a couple of years just to get out of Rookie ball, despite his major talent.

    • e5again - May 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      But can he go opposite field?

  2. kopy - May 11, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Or infielders that can catch and throw a baseball.

    • wlschneider09 - May 11, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Details, details….

  3. pacific123ocean - May 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I want to see this…does anybody have a link to the video?

  4. fmlizard - May 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    The scary thing about the Twins badness is that they really have very few prospects on the horizon to get excited about. Sano seems to be the only real standout. He might be the best middle infielder in the organization (MLB included) right now – and that is saying very little.

    • nvandy42 - May 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      He’s a 3B, not a middle infielder. Hopefully he can stick there. A lot of what I’ve read has said he might be outgrowing the infield… Hopefully he stays at Third, we have enough outfield prospects. Hopefully we wont add to that with the draft by taking Buxton.

      • kopy - May 11, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        But…But…Buxton has so many tools!

        I agree. If Buxton is the best available, that’s one thing. But there’s no way to prove that, and I’d rather see a hard-throwing or infield prospect – even though Levi Michael was an interesting outlier.

      • nvandy42 - May 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        I agree, Buxton has a lot of tools, but so does Aaron Hicks. I’m all for drafting best available which means we’ll probably get Buxton. But I would rather see a pitcher, especially after being pained watching our staff this year. Giolito seems to be the best option if he recovered from his injury. Otherewise I’d be ok with Zunino. We traded Ramos away like idiots and immediately after Mauer caught the injury bug. It would be nice to find a long term answer behind the dish.

    • Cris E - May 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      That depends on if you find fielding relevant.

      The funnest thing to watch about him right now is the race between home run counts and errors at 3b. Right now he also has 10 errors so it’s still a horse race. His current .909 fielding % is the highest he’s managed in three years. The guy is not going to stay at the hot corner, sorry to say.

      • nvandy42 - May 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        He’s only 19 and moved from SS… There’s room for improvement in his fielding. Besides, it’s not like fielding issues stopped the Twins from bringing up in everyday 3rd baseman with a worse glove and a lot less power potential. If Valencia got a shot at 3rd, Sano will get more than a fair chance

  5. afirst916 - May 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    I’ve been trying to find one, no luck

  6. mntreehugger - May 11, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Just wait, he will be slap hitting singles to the opposite field in no time. Sad state of affairs down on the farm.

  7. wlschneider09 - May 11, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    By the way, on a serious note, has anyone actually seen this kid play? Is he solid in the field?

    Inquiring (and desperate) minds want to know…

    • Cris E - May 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      brutal glove. (see above)

    • natstowngreg - May 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      The prospect hounds (like Baseball America) say he may or may not stick at 3B. He could end up being a big-time power-hitting 1B.

      • kopy - May 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        So the Twins are going to make him slap the other way until he gets frustrated, goes to Boston, gets fat, and uses steroids.

      • natstowngreg - May 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        I was thinking more like, if the Twins handle him properly, he could be the next Albert Pujols. But then, you may be right about how the Twins will handle him.

  8. natstowngreg - May 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Shocked! Shocked! that some kid in low-A ball behaves like that and no one has mentioned Bryce Harper.

    • Chris Fiorentino - May 11, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      Ladies and Gentlemen…welcome to the newest group of insecure fans. Your 2012 Washington Nationals fans with “Nat-i-tude”. :)

      • wlschneider09 - May 11, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        Hey Chris!

        It’s good to see you back. Don’t know if you’ve just been lurking or not, but the boards are quiet without you.

      • natstowngreg - May 14, 2012 at 8:24 AM

        Actually, I’m not into the whole Natitude thing. Just happy with the improvement. But management, being management, feels the need to create a buzz artificially. The team’s performance has created a buzz by itself.

  9. lazyrasmus - May 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    I think the best part of this is the catcher named Abel Baker. Is his position marked “Charlie” in the scorebook?

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