Updated: June 29th, 2013 3:34pm
Could Miguel Sano make MLB debut this year? Twins haven’t ruled it out

Could Miguel Sano make MLB debut this year? Twins haven’t ruled it out

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Sano has absolutely lived up to his status as one of the top 10 prospects in Major League Baseball this season.

After homering twice and driving in five against the Reading Phillies on Friday night, Sano is now hitting .310/.403/.655 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs between High-A and Double-A.

If Sano continues to progress, the common thought was that he'd make his major league debut sometime in 2014 - after perhaps being given an outside shot to win the starting third base job in spring training.

But is it possible Sano could debut as a September call-up this season?

The Twins aren't ruling it out.

"I guess we'll let him dictate that," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday in an interview with 1500 ESPN.

"And certainly it'll be a little bit of a situation of what's going on with the major league team as well. But he's got quite a bit to learn before you start thinking about that. ...

"His defense is better than his offense down there (at Double-A) to this point, which is good. I think anybody that's seen him realizes he's going to hit, and certainly in time I think he'll catch up with Double-A pitching. But his defense has been pretty darn good."

The transition to Double-A was a slow one at first. But through 17 games Sano has raised his batting line to .236/.328/.655 with six home runs and 16 RBIs. Sano does have 78 strikeouts in 73 games between both levels - a trend the Twins would like to see him cut down on - but his bat can't be too far from MLB-ready.

Stay tuned.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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