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Top 50 Prospects: #25 – Miguel Sano

#25 Miguel Sano

Minnesota Twins

DOB: 5/11/1993

Previous Rank: N/R

ETA: 2014

Sano was the top international free agent in 2009, and he absolutely torched the Appalachian League in 2011 posting a .292/.352/.637 slash line with 20 jacks.  He was the consensus top player in the league and one of the top players in the low Minors nationwide.  Sano can go out to all fields but demonstrates a great deal of rawness at the plate and in the field.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA
2010 17 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-FRk MIN 61 241 212 34 16 1 7 29 4 3 .307
2010 17 Twins DOSL FRk MIN 20 80 64 11 2 1 3 10 2 1 .344
2010 17 Twins GULF Rk MIN 41 161 148 23 14 0 4 19 2 2 .291
2011 18 Elizabethton APPY Rk MIN 66 293 267 58 18 7 20 59 5 4 .292
2 Seasons 127 534 479 92 34 8 27 88 9 7 .299
Rk (2 seasons) Rk 107 454 415 81 32 7 24 78 7 6 .292
FRk (1 season) FRk 20 80 64 11 2 1 3 10 2 1 .344
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Generated 12/16/2011.
Year Age Tm Lg Lev G PA AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB
2010 17 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-FRk 61 241 212 7 29 4 3 24 60 .307 .379 .491 .870 104
2010 17 Twins DOSL FRk 20 80 64 3 10 2 1 14 17 .344 .463 .547 1.009 35
2010 17 Twins GULF Rk 41 161 148 4 19 2 2 10 43 .291 .338 .466 .804 69
2011 18 Elizabethton APPY Rk 66 293 267 20 59 5 4 23 77 .292 .352 .637 .988 170
2 Seasons 127 534 479 27 88 9 7 47 137 .299 .364 .572 .936 274
Rk (2 seasons) Rk 107 454 415 24 78 7 6 33 120 .292 .347 .576 .922 239
FRk (1 season) FRk 20 80 64 3 10 2 1 14 17 .344 .463 .547 1.009 35
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Generated 12/16/2011.

He gets down late and cannot hold back on breaking stuff out of the zone as a result, but that can be a quick fix for an athlete as strong and agile as Sano.  His arm has plenty of juice for any spot on the field, suggesting that he can stay at the hot corner.  Nevertheless, defense is way more than arm strength, and Sano is flat out rough in terms of footwork and glovework.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/G
2010 17 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-FRk MIN 3B 36 102 25 60 17 3 .833 2.36
2010 17 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-FRk MIN SS 18 88 33 50 5 12 .943 4.61
2010 17 Twins DOSL FRk MIN SS 2 6 2 3 1 1 .833 2.50
2010 17 Twins DOSL FRk MIN 3B 15 48 14 27 7 1 .854 2.73
2010 17 Twins GULF Rk MIN SS 16 82 31 47 4 11 .951 4.88
2010 17 Twins GULF Rk MIN 3B 21 54 11 33 10 2 .815 2.10
2011 18 Elizabethton APPY Rk MIN 3B 48 158 35 108 15 9 .905 2.98
2011 18 Elizabethton APPY Rk MIN SS 16 67 17 39 11 6 .836 3.50
2011 18 Elizabethton APPY Rk MIN DH 4 0.00
2 Seasons 122 415 110 257 48 30 .884 3.01
SS (2 seasons) SS 34 155 50 89 16 18 .897 4.09
3B (2 seasons) 3B 84 260 60 168 32 12 .877 2.71
DH (1 season) DH 4 0.00
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Generated 12/16/2011.

That said, with his bat and age on his side, Sano should be able to make a jump into the high Minors some time in 2012.  He has a long way to go, and is likely to lose a step as he matures, but if he can convince enough people that he belongs at third and develop some discipline in the box, he can be one of the game’s elite infielders.  Third base has been a revolving door in Minneapolis, but with Sano, the Twins firmly believe, as do many across the game, that those days may be behind the organization.


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