General Manager Terry Ryan is throwing us fans surprise after surprise this season. On July 1, two weeks after he summoned Byron Buxton to the Twins, Ryan called up Minor-League prodigy Miguel Sano. Sano, who missed all of last year after undergoing Tommy John Surgery, is known for his power but he is surprising us in other ways. The Twins were hoping to have Sano and Buxton in the same MLB line-up for the first time, but that must wait because Buxton is still out with a sprained thumb.
Sano, who replaced the struggling Kennys Vargas, has been impressive during his first week. Sano has hit safely in all seven games and has been smashing the ball. Sano’s first hit was an infield single to Kansas City’s third baseman Mike Moustakas in his final at-bat of the July 2 game. Ever since then Sano has been smacking the ball, including hitting a screaming line drive off the right field wall in his second game for his first double. His first seven games have provided a big jolt to the line-up.
Sano’s first week stats read like this: .455 batting average, 10 hits, 5 RBIs with one home run. Sano has also recorded 6 walks and 6 strike outs. I am impressed with his patience at the plate, especially for a young power hitter. I was at the game where Sano smashed his first home run off of Baltimore’s starter Kevin Gausman on Tuesday.
It will be exciting to see how Sano progresses this year. If this first week holds true, Sano will be fun to watch this year, especially when Buxton can join him. Ryan probably has more moves up his sleeve this year after already promoting four younglings. Let’s see when Adam Brett Walker (.268, 23 home runs, and 71 RBIs in 78 games in Double-A) gets the call! In the meantime, enjoy watching Sano smack that ball around. This is exciting!
Written by: Michael L. Sack