Monday, September 30, 2013

Going the Distance: Miguel Angel Sano

Remember when he was Miguel Angel Sano and then Miguel Angel? Now he's Miguel Sano. But I still haven't updated his name from when I dropped him into MLB '10 The Show. In the game, Matt Vasgersian still pronounces his name "Miguel........Angel".

The last of our sponsored series for prospects going all the way came down to two choices: Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. After all we've written about Buxton lately, I decided we should give a little love to Sano.

As 2009's biggest and most sought-after international prospect signed with the Twins in 2009, there were two things that were on the radar from the very start. First, his power potential was enormous. There were comps to Evan Longoria and Alex Rodriguez and Hanley Ramirez. Second, people were convinced that because of his size at age 16 that he's move from shortstop to third base and, after that, into right field or first base. One of those two things turned out to be incredibly accurate.

Every baseball fan who pays even loose attention to the minor leagues knows to Miguel Sano is, because of that power potential. He's been named the Twins best power prospect every year since 2010, he's been one of his league's top two prospects every year since 2010, and in 2012 Baseball America named him the Midwest League's Best Power Prospect.

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