March 21, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano (97) in the dugout against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Mientkiewicz: Miguel Sano could ‘hold his own’ in big leagues


Inching closer to the big leagues.

Former Minnesota Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, now manager of Twins’ affiliate Fort Myers Miracle, says top prospect third baseman Miguel Sano could play at the Major League level, according to Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

During an interview on 1500 ESPN earlier this week, Mientkiewicz spoke strongly about the promising 19 year old.

“I don’t think Terry (Ryan) can say he’s major league hitting ready, but you know what? You wouldn’t see his best numbers, but he could hit some homers for you right now, there’s no doubt about it. He could hold his own in the big league level right now (at the plate).”

Mackey opines that Sano could move up to Double-A New Britain at some point this year.

Double-A is not too far from the big leagues. Star outfielder Mike Trout jumped from Double-A to the big leagues for the Los Angeles Angels last season. Minnesota’s own Aaron Hicks jumped from Double-A this season, although his start isn’t quite as astonishing as Trout’s season last year.

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