Minnesota Twins prospect Miguel Sano has wasted no time making a positive impact for the team since his call-up earlier this week.
The slugger is 3-for-8 (.375) through his first two games and he’s made every one of his at-bats count, especially the hits. Sano got his first base hit, an infield single, in the 9th inning of his Major League debut and was then replaced for a pinch runner who eventually came around to score a key insurance run for the Twins in what was a one run ball game at the time. His two hits yesterday played a role in each of Minnesota’s two runs — an RBI single and a double where he eventually scored on a sacrifice fly.
When pitchers get Sano out, they need to work hard for it. The 22-year-old Dominican native has shown great poise at the plate thus far and has worked deep into counts during most of his at-bats.
What might be most exciting is the fact that Twins fans know that Sano can be even better. While he isn’t expected to be among the league leaders in batting average year in and year out, scouts will say that he possesses incredible power and he twice hit at least 30 home runs in a minor league season, he was on pace to do it again this year before getting promoted.
Sano is penciled in as Minnesota’s regular designated hitter going forward and the potential is there for him to be a key factor in the team’s playoff race. The Twins have struggled to find consistency at the position for years now and he’s a great bat for the struggling offense to have in the middle of the order.