The Minnesota Twins cut their Spring Training roster down to 45 players this morning by optioning three down to the Minors, including elite third base prospect Miguel Sano.
Sano had entered the 2014 season as a top five prospect in baseball on most lists, but has fallen off a bit after missing the entire season with an elbow injury. However, it seems like all the hype surrounding him is still well deserved after playing well in limited Spring Training action. He blasted two home runs in 10 at-bats while drawing three walks at the plate as well.
Seeing a powerful bat from a prospect that Minnesota expects to be in the middle of their lineup for years to come had to be a good sign for all fans in the Twin Cities. This spring was the first live game action that Sano took part in since the 2013 season, when he launched 35 home runs in 135 games split between Class A and Double-A.
He joins a number of other top Twins prospects to be removed from the Major League roster in the last few days. Outfielder Byron Buxton, the number one overall prospect on MLB.com’s rankings, and right handed pitcher Jose Berrios, who was the starting pitcher for Team World at the Futures Game this past summer, were both optioned in a flurry over moves made by the team yesterday.
Oliveros, who made his Major League debut as a September call-up last fall, made just one appearance before being optioned to the Minors this season, a scoreless inning on Friday against Pittsburgh. Wheeler threw one and a third scoreless innings over two appearances this spring.