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Twins prospect Miguel Sano has high expectations for himself in 2014

Jan 26, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

Miguel Sano AP

MLB.com recently released their list of the top 100 prospects in baseball. The Twins, as expected, had two of the very best with outfielder Byron Buxton at #1 and third baseman Miguel Sano at #4, sandwiched between Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley. The expectations are already high for Sano going into 2014, and many expect him to join the big league club at some point during the season after getting his first taste of Triple-A competition.

Sano hit 35 home runs with a .280/.382/.610 line last season, split nearly equally between Single-A Fort Myers Double-A New Britain. Sano himself expects to dwarf those numbers in 2014. Via Phil Miller of the Star Tribune:

“I hit 45 this year. More games,” he said. “Maybe 55, you never know.”

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His next project: Developing a better grasp of the strike zone, in hopes of becoming a more patient hitter. Sano seemed excited about the possibility after Joe Mauer offered to work with him in Fort Myers, Fla., next month. Considering he posted a .382 on-base percentage in 2012, drew 65 walks last year and 80 the year before, he’s already displayed plenty of patience.

But Sano is characteristically thinking big. How many walks this year? “Hundred and 20,” he said. “Maybe 150.”

When Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus published his top-ten prospect list for the Twins in November, he called Sano “the best all-around power threat in the minors”. Sano has simply just given us yet one more reason to keep an eye on him as he moves his way through the Twins’ system.

  1. pillowporkers - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    El Bocaton probably earned himself another suspension for not acting the “twins way”.

  2. nicofthenorthstar - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Wait until the Twins get rid of him. Then you’ll see how good he really can be.

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:28 AM

      Olde St. d!ck of the north star

  3. schke - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    But can he go opposite field? I just really hope he’s not another Ortiz where the Twins insist on changing his approach at the plate, only to fail. Just let him be who he is. Hitting HR’s ANY way he wants isn’t a bad thing.

  4. nicofthenorthstar - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    Hey man, not my fault that the twins are awful. Can sano, buxton pitch?

    • happytwinsfan - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      buxton pitched in high school and was clocked at 98 mph

    • yahmule - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Alex Meyer and Kohl Stewart will handle that end.

  5. r1l0p - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    I met Sano at Twins Fest this past weekend. Definitely has the promise of becoming a big league slugger. Having the presence of Tony Oliva around won’t hurt his cause as far as development is concerned. Wonderful background story on this kid…hope to see him do well.

  6. jb8588 - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    I watched Sano quite a bit last season, and he is definitely a special talent to say the least. His average did drop a bit after he was promoted to AA, so personally I feel the Twins need to start him there and let him show that he can pound AA pitching on a consistant basis.

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