Elite third base prospect Miguel Sano was a bright spot for the Twins this afternoon in a game where offense was difficult to come by, blasting a solo home run in the second inning off of Pirates starter Gerrit Cole.
It was just one of four hits Minnesota collected in a 1-1 tie against Pittsburgh.
Sano, a top-15 prospect according to Baseball America and MLB.com, is expecting to make his Major League debut this season after missing all of 2014 with an elbow injury. The 21-year old slugger hit 35 minor league home runs when healthy in 2013, playing as high as Class AA and is expected to begin the season in AAA before eventually making the leap to the big club.
He would finish the game 1-for-2 with a walk.
Unfortunately, not all of Minnesota’s prized prospects dazzled in the Florida sunshine. Alex Meyer, thought to be the Twins top pitching prospect by many, threw 1.2 innings and did not allow a run. Meyer did have some issues with locating the strike zone. The 6’9″ righty threw 16 pitches but just seven of them for strikes as he walked two and surrendered a hit.
Meyer was 7-7 in AAA last season with a 3.52 ERA and is thought to be a long shot in the race for the Twins fifth starter job. He entered the game at the start of the third inning for Ricky Nolasco, who struck out three over his two innings but also allowed an RBI double in the first inning.