Gleeman: Twins’ Miguel Sano starts over in Single-A

From SABR member Aaron Gleeman at Baseball Prospectus on June 15, 2018:

One year ago today Miguel Sano was hitting .292/.391/.589 for the Twins to rank fifth among American League hitters in slugging percentage. Three weeks later, the 24-year-old third baseman made his first All-Star team, coming off the bench to produce the Midsummer Classic’s first run with an RBI single. Sano seemed well on his way to living up to the considerable hype as a former big-money international signing and longtime consensus top-25 prospect.

Since last year’s All-Star break Sano has hit .218/.289/.417, and if anything it’s looked even uglier than that. During that 11-month span he’s also suffered a season-ending leg injury that required offseason surgery to permanently insert a titanium rod, been the subject of a lengthy MLB investigation following sexual assault allegations, and received widespread criticism for his perceived lack of conditioning. And yesterday the Twins demoted Sano to the minors, sending him all the way down to Single-A.

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Originally published: June 15, 2018. Last Updated: June 15, 2018.