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Sano Taking The Road Less Traveled Back To The Top


(Photos courtesy of MLB.com)

In today’s baseball landscape it’s become commonplace to hear of a pitcher making the long road back from Tommy John surgery. Rarely do you hear about a position player, especially a top prospect, taking that same journey.

Yet the Twins blue-chip prospect Miguel Sano is doing just that.

Sano, now 21, had a breakout campaign back in 2013 that saw the third basemen mash 30 home runs while hitting .280 with a .382 OBP– splitting his season between A+ and AA. The Dominican youngster had developed into one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

Then disaster struck in late February of 2014. While playing during an intrasquad game, Sano felt a pop in his throwing elbow. Doctors determined that he had torn his ulnar collateral ligament, meaning he’d require Tommy John surgery which would end his 2014 season. Despite losing his entire season, a season which would likely have seen him make his major league debut, Sano was determined to stay positive.

“When I come back, I’m the same player” he told MLB.com

Whether Sano will be the same player remains to be seen, but I wouldn’t count him out. An injury of that nature figures to have little to no affect on his swing, meaning he should regain all of his mamouth power. Where it may affect him is in the field. Sano was never expected to be a vaccum at the hot corner, but he was making strides before the injury. Now it appears that his future may be at first base.

Regardless of which corner of the diamond he ends up, his bat will play. As a matter of fact, his combination of power and patience at the dish has been on display this spring, as Sano mashed a pair of homers and posted a .385 on-base in just 10 at-bats before being assigned to Double-A.

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