Twins Sign Miguel Sano!!

29 Sep

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In news that shocked me, and has me even more excited as the Twins second game against the Tigers is set to begin. I just saw a report indicating that the Twins have signed Dominican SS Miguel Angel Sano with a signing bonus believed to be $3.15 million. Apparently his age, 16, is still a question mark, but the Twins made an offer that Sano signed.

This is the big name on the international market the last couple of months (until Aroldis Chapman came along, of course!). The big, strong shortstop is believed to be a tremendous prospect. Obviously it will be four to seven years before we could see him playing at Target Field, but this is a huge sign for the Twins. It shows their willingness to spend and compete with the big boys. Isn’t that really all we can ask.

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16 Responses to “Twins Sign Miguel Sano!!”

  1. glanzerr September 29, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    That’s huge! I really thought the Twins were a darkhorse to land him. Hope he’s as good as advertised!

  2. mike wants wins September 29, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    Good deal. I hope he works out. I think I read where not one of these big buck guys has worked out yet.

  3. SHS September 29, 2009 at 8:06 pm #


    My current top ten

    A. Hicks
    M. A. Sano
    K. Gibson
    B. Revere
    W. Ramos
    D. Valencia
    D. Bromberg
    C. Parmelee
    A. Morales
    R. Tosoni
    J. Benson
    D. Guerra
    A. Slama
    J. Manship
    A. Burnett

    Honorable Mention: 16+ Max Kepler, Carlos Gutierrez, Matt Bashore, Josmil Pinto, Michael McCardell, Ty Robertson…

  4. Nils September 29, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    awesome, im psyched about the Twins really spending money on the farm

  5. Nils September 29, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    Adding Sano and Gibson really give the Twins some high end minor league depth, nine or ten solid prospects

  6. Tokerace September 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    The article at Bleacher Report says the deal is contingent upon MAS being able to secure a work Visa. I know for a fact that they are not easy to come by right now. Hope the Twins have someone to help grease the wheels in that regard…

    • J. Lichty September 30, 2009 at 10:19 am #

      I dont know where you get your facts, or what facts you are basing your conclusion upon, but, actually, the opposite. H1B1 visas are much easier to get now because the yearly alottment which is usually gobbled in a few months up has gone unused. There are plenty of visas available, and process has not changed. Indeed, many companies because of the economy have not brought in as many foreign workers in the past.

  7. Ricky September 29, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    God this is exciting. He probably will debut in the GCL if things go to plan right? This shows the Twins are making a presence in signing internationals, getting the top European and top Latino player. Seth who are the Venezuelan infielders?

  8. TT September 30, 2009 at 8:19 am #

    Sano is certainly a great talent. But he is a long way from the major leagues. I don’t think he is a can’t miss propect.

    It seems that players move down the prospect list the closer they get to being ready to actually help in the major leagues. Unless they are older guys playing well against younger competition. Give Sano a chance to play before you anoint him as the Twins next great player. Matt Moses was once the Twins’ third baseman of the future.

  9. Seth September 30, 2009 at 8:35 am #

    TT makes a good point… Sano is an immense talent, but he is just 16ish. My main point isn’t that he’s a sure-thing. My main point is that I think this sends a strong indication to Twins fans that they’re willing to spend on international talent. And with the signing of Gibson, they’re going after guys that they feel can be impact players. That’s what I’m most excited about.

    I really need to do a Top 10 list again!

  10. Han Joelo September 30, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    It speaks well of the organization that Sano ‘picked’ the Twins, at least over the Pirates. When I see something like this though, I have to wonder–if he is truly elite, isn’t 3 mil a drop in the Yankee bucket?

    Sano says he wants to be in the Majors in two years. More power too him. He’s probably been watching the Twins infield lately.

    Watching Porcello, I found myself hoping Gibson could be that kind of guy–be helping the Twins maybe even next September. Of course, I also have hoped Hunt and Guittierrez we those guys, but I think Gibson is more talented. Gotta like the Twins strategy lately–‘overreach’ for a high school outfielder who turns out to be a gem (Revere), have Hicks ‘fall’ to them because they are willing to let him be an outfielder, and snap up Gibson.

    Cool day for the Twins.

  11. J. Lichty September 30, 2009 at 10:21 am #

    it is hard to question the Twins approach to the top end of the draft recently, after several abysmal years which had left the cupboard rather bare.

    Sadly, Gibson panning out may just get us to where we would be with Garza. Imagine those two in the rotation in 3 years.

  12. JDM September 30, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    It’s not really whether Sano is a sure-thing — NO prospect is truly a sure thing, especially in baseball.

    The big thing is that the Twins spent money on a bigtime prospect and beat other teams in the process. They effectively got another first-round draft pick. And they took a risk. It may not pan out, but if he has the upside everybody says he does, then it’ll be worth it.

  13. mike wants wins September 30, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    I agree, this does seem to indicate a shift in philosophy. Let’s hope that shift also happens at the ML level. Does it also say something about how the Twins feel about their MIF prospects?

  14. Seth September 30, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    I hope it doesn’t affect their philosophy at the ML level. Like I said, I don’t want them to spend way too much on 32+ year olds on the downward slope. I’d much rather spend less on young guys and have them be in the organization for 8-10 years.

    And, I don’t think it says anything about their MIF prospects. Sano is not going to be with the Twins for at least 4 years, at an absolute minimum.

  15. anthony October 23, 2009 at 9:18 pm #

    i agree with seth and how fast is he
    and think about the rotation for next september
    healthy slowey
    duensing or liriano
    that would be awesome

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