While Trevor Plouffe will be given every opportunity at third base for the Twins this season, prospect Miguel Sano is waiting in the wings.
Sano is rated as MLB.com’s No. 1 third baseman prospect, according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com.
Here is what Mayo had to say about Sano:
1. Miguel Sano, Twins: After a long signing process, documented in the film “Pelotero,” Sano signed with the Twins in 2009 for $3.15 million. Sano has moved slowly through pro ball, playing last season in Class A. Sano has plus-plus power to all fields, and his plate discipline has improved greatly since his arrival from the Dominican Republic. Defensively, he has a great arm but work remains for him at third base. His bat will play anywhere, however, and the Twins expect him to develop into an elite, middle-of-the-order power hitter.
Baseball America ranks Sano as the club’s top overall prospect, followed by No. 2 overall pick Byron Buxton.
Sano, 19, is still two years away from making his major league debut, at least. As noted by MLB.com, his power has developed, but still needs work defensively.