2016 Fantasy Baseball Rankings & Projections
Designated Hitter #2
Sano has been one of the best power prospects in baseball over the past few years and one of my favorite prospects since 2013. He probably would have made the Twins' roster in 2014 but he tore his ulnar collateral ligament in Spring Training and had to undergo Tommy John surgery forcing him to miss the 2014 season.
Sano was finally given a chance last season as the Twins called him up on July 2nd, 2015. It didn't take long for him to get going as Miguel started his career going 49 for his first 171 (.287) with 13 homers. The Dominican slugger ended his rookie season with 18 home runs, 52 RBI, 49 runs, one steal and a .269 batting average in just 80 games. He recorded a 15.5 HR/AB rate which ranked 15th among players with at least 300 plate appearances last year. His power clearly comes from his size as he stands 6' 3" and weighs in right around 260 pounds. Sano has a true "power stroke" and has had the ability to hit for power throughout his minor league career. My one note to keep in mind when drafting Sano would be his home/road splits. Last year Miguel hit 10 homers and posted a very impressive .318 batting average in 132 home at bats. He had a poor .224 average and eight home runs in 147 road at bats.
I think the Twins would be better off allowing Sano to DH most of the 2016 season as opposed to forcing him to play a position in the field. Sano was brought up through the minors as a Third Baseman but I don't think he's ready to play the hot corner, on a daily basis, at the Big League level just yet.