The Minnesota Twins demoted the struggling Kennys Vargas following this afternoon’s loss to the Cincinnati Reds and many began to speculate the move that was about to follow.
Then the Chattanooga Lookouts (AA) posted their starting lineup on social media and one name that is usually in the heart of the order was missing; this led to even more exciting speculation. It didn’t take too much longer for the news to officially break: Miguel Sano is headed to the Majors.
Sano entered the 2015 season at number 11 on MLB.com’s prospect rankings and the path is clear for him to fill in as the Twins starting designated hitter right away with Vargas being sent down to the minors. Minnesota has struggled to find consistency at the position so far and Twins designated hitters have only hit five home runs with a .250 batting average in 2015.
The power that Sano possesses was legendary across the minors. He blasted 105 minor league home runs in 445 games. Sano drove in over 100 runs in 2012 and 2013 while launching 63 homers between the two seasons. An elbow injury forced him to miss the entire 2014 season and possibly delayed his jump to the big leagues. He isn’t projected to be a player who hits for average at the Major League level, but all scouts agree that he has the swing and strength to be one of baseball’s top long ball threats.
Sano will be the third Twins player to make his debut this year after starting the season among MLB.com’s top 25 prospects. Outfielder Byron Buxton, who was the #1 ranked prospect on the list, debuted in the middle of June before winding up on the disabled list with a thumb injury. Pitcher Alex Meyer, who was ranked 23rd, was recently called up and has made two appearances out of the Minnesota bullpen.