The Twins apparently had seen enough of Miguel Sano in the middle of their lineup. Twins manager Paul Molitor had moved Sano down in the lineup over the weekend, and now the team has optioned Sano to Single-A Fort Myers.
It’s a surprising move to option a former all-star all the way to one of the lowest levels of the minors. Perhaps the Twins wanted Sano to work out and play near their strong facilities in southwest Florida. And sending Sano to a league where he’ll be one of the oldest and clearly the most talented player in a lineup could help him to work on things on a more elemental level, as opposed to the challenge of trying to adjust and recognize pitches against the best in the world.
Sano is hitting .203/.270/.405 this year, with 7 home runs and a 40.5% strikeout rate.
-Earlier this week we talked about the long-term problems for the Twins if Sano does not become the star we all assumed that he would become. You can hear that conversation here:
Are you worried about #MiguelSano‘s development curve? Is dropping the strikeout-prone slugger down in the order a concerning sign for the #MNTwins or just a challenge to a hitter who needs to be better? Listen here: https://t.co/vV3t0tGW7g @DerekWetmore @PhilMackey pic.twitter.com/kfIPKFUJDD
— 1500 ESPN (@1500ESPN) June 12, 2018
-Is Sano running out of time to become a star?