Top Minnesota Twins prospect Miguel Sano is scheduled to make his debut for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats tonight.
Sano, Eddie Rosario and Angel Morales — all former Beloit Snappers — were promoted from the High-A Fort Myers Miracle to the Rock Cats after Sunday’s Miracle game. Sano homered twice in that game, knocking out his 15th and 16th roundtrippers of the season.
Sano hit .330 with 16 HR and 48 RBI in 56 games with Fort Myers. He hit .258 with 28 HR and 100 RBI in 129 games with Beloit last year.
Rosario hit .329 with 6 HR and 35 RBI in 52 games with Fort Myers. He hit .296 with 12 HR and 70 RBI in 95 games with Beloit last year.
Morales played with Fort Myers since his midseason promotion there in 2010. This year he hit .297 with 7 HR and 36 RBI in 55 games. He played with Beloit in 2009 and half of 2010, hitting a cumulative .274 with 17 HR, 98 RBI and 37 SB in 175 games.
The Twins presumably will promote players from the Cedar Rapids Kernels to fill out the Fort Myers roster, though nothing to that effect has been announced. They likely are waiting for the Kernels to clinch a playoff berth, which could happen with a win over the River Bandits tonight at Quad Cities, or after the Midwest League All-Star Game, which takes place Tuesday in Dayton.
The most obvious Kernels candidate for promotion is Byron Buxton, who is hitting .342 with 7 HR, 47 RBI and 26 SB through 59 games. Other strong possibilities are Adam Brett Walker (.271, 10 HR, 51 RBI in 58 games), Travis Harrison (.260, 9 HR, 32 RBI in 62 games) and Dalton Hicks (.288, 9 HR, 51 RBI in 61 games).
Stephenson placed on DL
The Dayton Dragons announced this afternoon that RHP Robert Stephenson was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring he suffered during his normal between-starts running program. He is 5-3 with a 2.97 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 66.2 IP this season and was named to the Midwest League All-Star Game last week.
He is replaced on the roster by LHP Jesus Adames, who was activated off the DL. He is 1-0 with a 5.67 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 27 IP this season.