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Miguel Sano | Designated Hitter | #22

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/11/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 262
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / MIN
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Miguel Sano has left the Dominican Winter League in order to focus on his conditioning and outfield work, according to Twins general manager Terry Ryan.
Sano played in 15 games with Estrellas de Oriente while splitting time between third base and designated hitter, but he'll now turn his focus to his move to the outfield in 2016. "I appreciate him playing," said Ryan. "I kind of like the fact he's got some loyalty and got some at-bats. We have some things here we've got to accomplish for him making the transition from infield to outfield. However he thinks it's best for his interests, I'm in." Tue, Dec 15, 2015 12:24:00 PM

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Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Wednesday that the plan is for Miguel Sano to play right field in 2016.

Sano mostly served as the designated hitter during his rookie season, but the Twins plan to use the newly-signed Byung-ho Park there in 2016. There has been some speculation that the Twins would trade Trevor Plouffe to make room for Sano at third base, but Ryan said Wednesday that they have talked to the young slugger about playing the outfield and that he's on board with the plan. Byron Buxton is penciled in as the starting center fielder while Eddie Rosario will play left.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 01:14:00 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan indicated Wednesday that he doesn't plan to trade Trevor Plouffe and will use Miguel Sano in the outfield.

Ryan made the comments at the introductory press conference for Korean slugger Byung-ho Park, who is expected to be used out of the DH spot in 2016. Meanwhile, Joe Mauer will stay at first base. There's been some speculation that the Twins could trade Plouffe to make room for Sano at third base, but Ryan downplayed that possibility on Wednesday. Of course, things could always change if the right offer comes along.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 11:26:00 AM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Thursday that Miguel Sano will play some outfield in the Dominican Winter League.

The Twins want the 22-year-old slugger to develop a little defensive versatility so that he's not stuck in a DH role for the rest of his career. Sano did make nine starts at third base this season and he appeared in two games at first base. He could play a little corner outfield next year in Minnesota if the experiment goes smoothly this winter. Trevor Plouffe remains locked in as the Twins' primary option at the hot corner.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 01:37:00 PM

Miguel Sano announced Sunday that he'll play for Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League beginning in November.

Sano noted that he'll play exclusively at third base this winter. The 22-year-old appeared in just nine games at the hot corner for the Twins this season, spending most of his time as the designated hitter. He needs the action at third to remain a possibility to supplant Trevor Plouffe at the position in Minnesota.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 07:56:00 PM

Miguel Sano went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run as the Twins lost 10-2 to the Indians on Wednesday.

Sano clubbed a solo home run in the eighth inning to put the Twins on the board, but by then, it was much too late as the Twins had been trailing 10-0. The DH is carrying an outstanding .275/.390/.551 triple-slash line with 18 home runs and 52 RBI.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 10:59:00 PM

Miguel Sano clubbed his 17th home run of the season as the Twins fell to the Angels in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

Sano's two-run blast in the seventh inning pulled the Twins to a 3-3 tie, but that wound up being the extent of their scoring on the afternoon. With his 1-for-4 effort, the hard-hitting rookie is now slashing .279/.391/.575 with 17 long balls and 49 RBI in only 226 at-bats.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 05:28:00 PM

Miguel Sano had a two-run single in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers.

At the time, Sano's two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning tied the score. He had a chance to be the hero in the ninth, batting with the tying run on second base and two outs, but Tigers closer Bruce Rondon struck him out to end the game. Sano finished 1-for-4 and is batting .276/.389/.561 with 16 homers, 47 RBI and 37 runs scored through his first 62 games.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 12:31:00 AM

Miguel Sano (hamstring) is back in the Twins' lineup Friday.

It's his first start since Monday due to lingering discomfort in his right hamstring, although he had a pinch-hit homer Wednesday. Sano is batting .281/.389/.592 with 16 longballs and 43 RBI over 57 games for the Twins.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 04:55:00 PM

Miguel Sano homered off Franklin Morales as a pinch-hitter in the 12th inning Wednesday to propel the Twins to a 3-2 win over the Royals.

Sano appeared to go down looking at the previous pitch, but Greg Gibson declined to ring him up. Given another chance, he drilled the 3-2 offering to left-center for his 16th homer since being called up. Sano didn't start the game because of his sore right hamstring, and he remains day-to-day.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 12:32:00 AM

Miguel Sano (hamstring) is out of the Twins' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

It's the second straight game he has missed with lingering discomfort in his right hamstring. Sano was able to take on-field batting practice on Wednesday afternoon, but he's still having some trouble running. Joe Mauer is at DH and Kennys Vargas is at first base as the Twins wrap up a series against the Royals.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 05:00:00 PM

Miguel Sano is out of the Twins' lineup Tuesday.

Sano has been bothered by some right hamstring discomfort, but this is more a routine night off than anything. Torii Hunter will serve as the Twins' DH against the Royals.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 04:43:00 PM

Miguel Sano (hamstring) is back in the Twins' lineup Friday.

Sano has been dealing with a sore right hamstring of late and didn't play Thursday. He's in the designated hitter spot.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 04:56:00 PM

Miguel Sano is not in the Twins' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the White Sox.

Sano has been bothered by a mild right hamstring strain for a week, but the injury isn't slowing him down at all. He'll sit Thursday mostly for routine rest. Joe Mauer is at designated hitter against the Pale Hose.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 11:08:00 AM

Miguel Sano hit his 15th homer Wednesday off the White Sox's Carlos Rodon.

10 of those homers have come in his last 19 games. That's pretty amazing, but still not as amazing as the fact that he's hitting .296 despite striking out 77 times in 51 games.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 11:21:00 PM