13. Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins
Sano, who will turn 20 this May, was signed out of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic as a non-drafted free agent in October of 2009. He led the Midwest League (Single-A Beloit) last year with 28 home runs and was second in walks with 80. He also put up a .258 batting average with 100 RBIs in 457 at-bats. The season before he clubbed 20 round-trippers with Rookie-level Elizabethton, and Sano has a total of 55 long balls in three minor league seasons.
Gardy must wait patiently for Sano
At 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, Sano has a big, powerful build at the hot corner that gives him plus power with the bat. He has plenty of time to add strength and size, too, making his power upside at the next level very high. He has a plate discipline and approach that is far beyond his years, meaning there is also room for BA growth down the road. Like any 19-year-old youngster, he has some holes in his swing that can be ironed out.
Trevor Plouffe has been a nice surprise in Minnesota, and they expect him to handle third base duties this year and possibly for as long as it takes until Sano proves he's ready to play with the big boys. While Sano's bat and power abilities are the most major-league ready of his skills, the rest of his game needs polish. His defense and base-running are shaky, although he has above-average arm strength. Since he's their No. 1 prospect, expect the Twinkies to take their time with Sano. It may be a couple of seasons more before he's legitimately contending for playing time in Minnesota.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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