Miguel Sano Scouting Report

Miguel Sano Scouting Report

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Miguel Sano Scouting Report

Miguel Sano, one of the hottest prospects from the Dominican Republic in 2009, has been a polarizing prospect for the Twins over the past five years, and promises to do great things in the majors if he can overcome the obstacles in his way, the most notable of which was his Tommy John surgery earlier this year. Miguel Sano Scouting ReportHaving the surgery during spring training, the Twins expected Sano to travel to the Dominican Republic for the second half of the winter ball season there to start his rehabilitation process, but later ruled that option out.

Pure Power
Sano is first and foremost a power prospect, with some scouts even giving him an 80 on the 20-80 scouts scale. His 35 home runs, 103 RBI’s and .992 OPS in 2013 are all excellent indicators of his offensive potential. Evaluators aren’t worried about this facet of his game translating well into the majors; he’s drawn comparisons to top major league hitters including Giancarlo Stanton and Adrian Beltre. In addition, Sano managed to accumulate 11 stolen bases in 2013, and while it is generally agreed upon by scouts that his base running needs improvement, he has the raw speed to be a threat on the bases. After that, the opinions begin to differ on his other tools and potential; while he seems to have a bright future, his elbow injury at such a young age is a troubling sign, and while his coaches and Twins management describe him as a future leader, his current level of on-the-field maturity has been called into question. His play was careless and inconsistent at times throughout the last couple of years he played, and he needs to strive to make improvements to his defense and plate discipline in order to blossom into an elite player. His 29.3 strikeout percentage at AA in 2013 is indicative of that, although his 13 walk percentage is a small promising sign that he can improve on that number. Sano’s intangibles are almost universally praised, as well as his future with the Twins. Scouts believe he will almost undoubtedly hit 25-30 home runs per year, providing he can stay healthy. At 6’4” and 235, his frame will provide for an excellent hitter, but it may prove to hinder his defense, which has some believing a switch to first base is somewhere in his future.

Info: Position: 3B DOB: May 11, 1993 Bats: Both, Throws: R Height: 6′ 4″, Weight: 235
Rankings:
#3: MLB Top Prospect.com 3B
#7: MLB Top Prospects.com list of Top 100 Prospects
#2: Minnesota Twins prospect by MLB Top Prospect.com

Scouting grades:
On the scouts scale of 20 to 80.
Hit: 55 | Power: 75 | Run: 45 | Arm: 65 | Field: 40 | Overall: 65