The Minnesota Twins called up their top power prospect, Miguel Sano, to the major leagues today in time for the start of their big four-game series against the first-place Kansas City Royals. He will wear No. 22.
Sano — the Twins’ No. 2 prospect behind outfielder Byron Buxton, who made his MLB debut last month — was the Midwest League Prospect of the Year in 2012, when he batted .258 with 28 HR and 100 RBI in 129 games with the Beloit Snappers.
Despite a slow start, he batted .274 with 15 HR and 48 RBI in 66 games with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts this season. He batted .320 and hit 11 of his home runs since May 1, and was named the Southern League offensive player of the week for June 22-28.
A third baseman in the minor leagues, Sano is expected to serve primarily as a designated hitter for the Twins. He could occasionally see some playing time at the corner infield positions when manager Paul Molitor wants to give first baseman Joe Mauer or third baseman Trevor Plouffe a day off.
Sano takes the roster spot of former Snappers teammate Kennys Vargas, who was demoted after Wednesday’s Twins game. Vargas, who split time between first base and designated hitter, hit .245 with 5 HR and 15 RBI in 47 games with the Twins this season. He batted .318 with 11 HR and 36 RBI in 41 games with the 2012 Snappers.
Another member of the 2012 Snappers, Eddie Rosario, made his MLB debut this year and homered on the first pitch he saw as a major-leaguer.