Posted by: gravessack | May 4, 2017

The Magnificent Sano

The Twins have won 7 out of 11 games dating back to April 21. One reason for this is their bats are heating up, as they averaged more than three runs per game during that span. There is, however, one player in the line-up who is shining a little brighter than the others. Three years removed from Tommy John Surgery, Miguel Sano is finally showing us what made him the number 2 Twins prospect a while ago.

Sano’s start to the 2017 season has simply been amazing as he is looking more and more comfortable at the plate. He is spraying the ball to all parts of the field. Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano hitting baseball during baseball game at Target FieldIn 26 games, Sano is hitting .300 while driving in 27 runs and launching 8 home runs. Showing off his improved eye in the batter’s box, he already has 21 walks this year. Compare that to the last two years where he walked 53 and 54 times for the entire year!

The 23-year-old has especially been on his game recently, winning the A.L. Player of the Week on Monday, May 1. The ball must have looked like a beach ball to him as Sano was not missing anything. During the week of April 24, Sano provided some marvelous numbers in five games. The slugger hit .524, drove in 11 runs, had 11 singles, a double, and three homers. Sano recorded nine RBIs in the two games at Kansas City on April 28 and 30.

The fielding has improved too. Sano looks smooth at third base after looking kind of lost a year ago. Remember when he started in the outfield last year and gave us some bloopers? The Twins quickly moved Sano back to third, but he never had the skills to permanently replace Trevor Plouffe. In November, General Manager Thad Levine let go of Plouffe, giving Sano the third base job. Whatever Sano did over the off-season helped as he looks sharp over there. He is making great plays such as diving and making throws on the run. Sano looks more agile and his reaction time is splendid. He has 22 putouts and 29 assists at third this season.

Sano seems like he is getting the hang of the big leagues. It might have taken him a couple years to get to his full potential, but if he keeps producing like this and his fielding stays steady, Sano will really help the Twins get back to relevance and be in the middle of the line-up for a long time. KEEP ON SMASHING THEM, SANO!

Written by: Michael L. Sack

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