Minnesota Twins prospect Miguel Sano launched hit first career homer in the bottom of the first inning last night, setting the tone for what would go on to be an 8-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Sano has now hit safely in all six of his Major League games and through 24 plate appearances is hitting .450 with an on-base percentage of .542. It’s irrational to think that his average and on-base percentages will remain that high, especially for a prospect who is thought to me more of a power hitter then somebody who hits for average, but we have seen enough to know that Sano does belong at the Major League level.
Last night he came to bat with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Twins already leading 5-0. A young Major League player would love to deliver an extra base hit in that situation and really break the game open, but the young slugger stood in the batters box with incredible patients and strong plate discipline. Eventually worked a full count before drawing a walk.
Sano made a statement when he was first called up and told reporters that his main goal was to never get sent down to the Minor Leagues again. With everything that he has shown the Twins so far it seems like keeping him around isn’t just a possibility, but a reality.
Every time that Sano has come to the plate it’s been a battle. Even on his six strikeouts, he has been making the pitcher earn it most of the time by working deep into counts and fouling off pitches.
He batted sixth in his debut and has crept his way up to fifth and eventually the cleanup spot last night, the slot in the batting order where the organization pictures him for many years.
The biggest thing about Sano getting called up is the jolt that he has given the Twins, who had the worst record in the American League during June. Since his debut, Minnesota is 4-2 and can sweep the Orioles this afternoon. A team that had the same record when the series started.