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Updated: March 21st, 2013 9:20am
Miguel Sano will start at 3B, bat fifth for Twins against Yankees

Miguel Sano will start at 3B, bat fifth for Twins against Yankees

by Phil Mackey
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The Minnesota Twins plan to give their top prospect a taste of the big time.

Miguel Sano has been summoned from minor league camp to bat fifth and start at third base for Thursday night's game against the New York Yankees.

Sano, 19, batted .258/.373/.521 with 28 home runs and 100 RBIs for Low-A Beloit last season, and it's likely he'll begin this season at High-A Fort Myers.

It's not uncommon for the Twins to give top prospects a taste of the big leagues near the end of spring training. As cuts take place and rosters narrow down, it's often necessary to bring in players from minor league camp. The Twins used Aaron Hicks in three spring games in 2011 and two spring games last year.

A high-ranking member of the Twins' baseball operations department said last month the only reason Sano remained in Beloit all season was due to his sub-par defense at third base. Many feel Sano's bat is close to major league-ready, but he committed 42 errors in 125 games at the hot corner last year.

At 6-3, 200-plus pounds, Sano has a big frame for a third baseman. But keep in mind, Miguel Cabrera (6-4, 240) and Pablo Sandoval (5-11, 240) manage to field enough groundballs to keep their bats at third base.

The Twins would prefer to keep Sano at third base as long as possible, because he'd be more valuable there than at, say, first base.

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