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Just a reminder that Pelotero, the documentary about baseball in the Dominican Republic that just so happens to feature the talents of prospect beast Miguel Sano, comes out this weekend. At least, it does if you live in roughly ten cities around the US.

I’ll be trying to catch a screening in LA this weekend and click here for screening information in your nearest metropolitan area. 

Miguel Sano to have sore elbow examined

Miguel Sano to have sore elbow examined

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The Minnesota Twins have a bright future when it comes to their minor league system. Two guys: Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano are expected to make a credible impact on the big league club once their time arrives. However, there is concern for the latter.

Sano, who is rated the No. 2 prospect in the Twins farm system behind Buxton, was expected to have his right elbow examined on…

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Twins Turn to Young Talent in 2014

The Minnesota Twins announced today that prospects Alex Meyer, Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton have all been invited to Spring Training. Buxton may be another year out from joining the big league club, but Meyer and Sano will probably have a chance to make an impact for the Twins sometime in 2014. This may be a rebuilding year for a team that is offensively inconsistent and has a retooled pitching rotation.

The success, or lack thereof, in the coming year determines whether a couple of these young men see time in a big league uniform. If Trevor Plouffe struggles to bounce back from a disappointing 2013, Sano will have a chance to take over at third base. Meyer could join the club if the new look pitching rotation falters. Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey are two free agent signings that may not pan out the way Minnesota wants, but there is no question these two have the potential to give the Twins 200 plus innings with strikeout stuff. Byron Buxton likely makes his big league debut in 2015 after he makes stops at AA New Britain and AAA Rochester. 

One man I think is slated for a breakout year is outfielder Oswaldo Arcia. This guy has tremendous power and the ball flies off his bat, but he has to cut down on the strikeouts. With some major league experience under his belt, I expect him to make the necessary adjustments and be someone the Twins can count on in the middle of their lineup. Aaron Hicks did not see the success Arcia had in his rookie year, and he probably starts the season off in Rochester. The trades of Denard Span and Ben Revere before the start of the 2013 season forced the Twins to bring up Hicks early from New Britain. Without the experience in Rochester, Hicks struggled at the plate. His play defensively is sound as he can make all the throws and can cover more ground than your average center fielder. He rewarded fans everywhere with spectacular plays including taking a home run away from former Twins center fielder Carlos Gomez. 

Twins may or may not play in the postseason in 2014, but fans everywhere are looking for improvement. For three straight years, they have lost more than 90 games in a season. I do not think this team will lose more than 90 games this year, and I believe they can be a top three team in the loaded American League Central. After a few disappointing seasons, fans should be excited about the coming years in Minnesota as they continue to build towards returning to the top of the American League Central. 

The 2013 MLB Futures Game is about to begin but…. Where is everyone?

You’ve got Carlos CorreaMiguel Sano, Noah Syndergaard, Billy Hamilton, Archie BradleyHenry Urrutia (Go O’s!), Xander Bogaerts, Taijuan Walker, all in one place… come on!

*I’m most excited to see the players in bold. Also, Christian Walker and Eduardo Rodriguez from the Orioles.

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Miguel Sano Records Video in Hospital Bed

Miguel Sano Records Video in Hospital Bed

Minnesota Twins prospect Miguel Sano has found his way to be in front of the camera lately. First, he was a part of a documentary showing the process of international players signing with MLB teams.

Now, he’s starring in a documentary of his own.

Sano underwent Tommy John elbow surgery Wednesday. But before he went under the knife (he was literally laying in a hospital bed) he wanted to let his…

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An Interview with Miguel Sano, "The Next Big Thing"

As a student, the week nights are packed with homework and studying, homework and studying, and so forth. However, aside from a History report I had to conclude, my February 19th Wednesday night was not an average one, as I landed an interview with the one and only third base prospect of the Minnesota Twins, Miguel Sano.

A portion of the interview I conducted with Miguel Sano

Of course Miguel…

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Twins' Sano Could DH In Minors

#Twins’ Sano Could DH In Minors #MLB

There’s a strong chance that Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano will miss the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery.

However, because the operation is easier to come back from for hitters than pitchers the team is leaving open the possibility that he could serve as a designated hitter late in the minor league schedule. Sano is expected to need eight months of rehab before he’s ready…

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Sending the Wrong Message

It has been 79 days since the last time I wrote about the Twins. There are several reasons for the hiatus, a new job and a move to OKC chief among them. But it also had a lot do with the team itself, and the fact that there is only so much you can say about a team that has racked up 291 losses over the past three seasons (!!!). In a world where seemingly every baseball fan has his own blog, there are only so many articles to write about Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. But on the eve of a ten-hour drive back home to South Dakota for Thanksgiving, I feel compelled to say a few things about the most recent Twins Hot Stove report, one that apparently has them pushing for two more years of Mike Pelfrey.

This past weekend, I found myself defending a tweet about the team’s rumored interest in Bronson Arroyo. For what it’s worth, I could care less whether the team spends a dime on starting pitching this offseason. Next year promises to be another long season in Twins territory regardless, and in today’s MLB landscape where losing is rewarded by larger international bonus pools and higher draft spending allotments, if the team is going to be bad again it might as well be really bad. That logic notwithstanding, the point I was trying to make with Arroyo is that by signing a proven starting pitcher (albeit one who will be 37 years old next season) to a legitimate multiyear contract (one approaching $10M annually), the Twins front office would at least send a message to fans – and more importantly the rest of baseball – that it understands the current free agent market. If nothing else, such a deal would demonstrate an awareness that the only way to sign a reputable free agent starting pitcher in 2013 – one with a better track record than Kevin Correia or Mike Pelfrey – is to pay the going rate. After three straight 90-loss seasons during which I watched more games than I care to admit, that’s all I’m really looking for this offseason – some indication that things will be different going forward.

Which brings me back to Pelfrey. I have nothing against Mike Pelfrey as a person. He was a perfectly adequate fifth starter last year, and I’m sure he will be something similar for whichever team he pitches for in 2014. But that is all he is, and that is all he will ever be. Pelfrey has been a borderline replacement-level starter throughout his entire eight-year career, and if there is one thing the Twins don’t need right now, it is another one of those. Is paying market value for Arroyo, Ricky Nolasco, or any other mid-tier free agent starter going to make the Twins contenders in 2014? Hell no…far from it. But at some point, the symbolism of signing such a player becomes just as important as the name on the back of his jersey.

The next year promises to be a very important one for the Minnesota Twins. A wave of prospects via the best farm system in baseball will soon be arriving in droves, making contention in the not-so-distant future a legitimate possibility. With an estimated $30-$40 million to play with this offseason and just two players under contract in 2015, the free agent decisions made by Terry Ryan and company going forward will ultimately determine how quickly that promise becomes a reality. But the team cannot afford to wait until Buxton is patrolling center and Sano is manning the hot corner to start making good decisions. The time has come for the organization to demonstrate that it is capable of more than just procuring young talent. In my  opinion, signing up for two more years of Mike Pelfrey does not send that message. #p2c

Tooled Up

The folks at Baseball America just released their annual “best tools” lists for 2013, and a few present and future Twins actually made the cut. The major league list was compiled based on the opinions of big league managers (probably not the best choice of evaluators, but whatevs), and the minor league lists were put together by the BA staff. Without further adieu, the lists.

Major League Baseball:

  • Best Hitter: Joe Mauer (#3)
  • Best Strike-Zone Judgement: Joe Mauer (#2)
  • Best Hit-and-Run Artist: Jamey Carroll (#2)
  • Best Defensive Catcher: Joe Mauer (#3)

AAA (International League):

        …nothing to see here…

AA (Eastern League):

  • Best Power Prospect: Miguel Sano
  • Best Strike-Zone Judgement: Josmil Pinto
  • Best Defensive SS: Danny Santana
  • Best Infield Arm: Miguel Sano

A+ (Florida State League):

  • Best Batting Prospect: Miguel Sano
  • Best Power Prospect: Miguel Sano
  • Fastest Baserunner: Byron Buxton
  • Best Defensive OF: Byron Buxton
  • Most Exciting Player: Miguel Sano

A (Midwest League):

  • Best Batting Prospect: Byron Buxton
  • Best Power Prospect: Adam Brett Walker
  • Best Defensive 2B: Jorge Polanco
  • Best Defensive OF: Byron Buxton
  • Most Exciting Player: Byron Buxton
  • Best Manager Prospect: Jake Mauer

Observations: Jamey Carroll is an artist. Buxton and Sano are good at baseball. There is very little pitching talent in this organization. #p2c