Miguel Sano, with 31 homers, in rare company among Twins prospects
Get the 1500 ESPN SportsWire delivered to your inbox daily, and keep up with all the news in Twin Cities Sports
MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Sano hit his 31st home run of the season on Saturday night, his 15th in 108 at-bats since he was promoted to Double-A New Britain. Combined with his pre-promotion numbers, the blast tied him for second in the minors with Joey Gallo (Rangers), Javier Baez (Cubs), and the recently promoted Andrew Lambo (Pirates).
The only four hitters in the Twins farm system since 2000 to hit 30 home runs are Michael Cuddyer (2001, 30), Michael Ryan (2002, 31), and most recently Garrett Jones (2004, 31).
Sano, along with the Twins other top prospect, Byron Buxton, was featured in a corner of the most recent Sports Illustrated issue.
"I think everybody is very proud of those two guys," general manager Terry Ryan said. "They're going to grace Baseball America on occasion, like Buxton already has and usually, those guys I see they're up for Minor League Player of the Year. We've had that with [Matt] Garza and we've had that with [Joe] Mauer and a few guys. They're in pretty select company, especially Sports Illustrated, they don't put minor leaguers on the cover too often."
"As long as they handle in correctly, it's a good thing," Ryan later added.
Sano was benched for four games earlier this season with Double-A New Britain after showing off following a home run. Buxton, who has drawn comparisons to Mike Trout at a similar development stage, is playing for the Class-A (advanced) Fort Myers Miracle.