Comment by Eminor3rd — December 31, 2012 @ 5:50 pm
These Dominican prospects get exploited like hell, and MLB’s recent rules limiting international signing bonuses is just the latest example of the league screwing over these players. Teams are willing to spend the money, and it changes these kids’ lives. MLB’s television deals provide millions upon millions to these teams, but heaven forbid these Dominican families get as much of this money as MLB teams are willing to give them.
Miguel Sano is a stud. If he were an American and were in the draft, he would have received at least 2x the signing bonus he got as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic. MLB-represented scouts tried to defame him, and somehow MLB was OK with that.
I’ve seen him play a lot and his potential is downright excellent. He knows he’s really good, which I hope doesn’t hurt him, but he could easily be a 40 HR guy at 3B by the time he’s 25 years old. Stud.
Yeah, in Pelotero, Rene Gayo, the Pirates director of Latin American scouting came off like a thug. That term gets thrown around a lot in sports, mostly at immature kids from the inner city. But Gayo seemed to embrace the identity and the movie makes it seem like its his job to be the Pirates thug in the Dominican Republic.
There is two sides to every story, but the side that was shown in Pelotero made it seem like the Pirates point man in the Dominican Republic would be right at home breaking legs for a bookie.
It will be kind of weird to think of the Twins not having a bleh third baseman. They haven’t had an outstanding player at the third bag outside of Gary Gaetti and Harmon Killebrew, if I’m remembering correctly. (Though Koskie had a good, albeit quick, career.)
Sano probably wouldn’t have received much more money. Prep prospects generally aren’t #1 overall and I couldn’t see him overtaking Gerrit Cole, Danny Hultzen, Bauer, or Starling (thought very highly of at draft time). Archie Bradley gt $5 million but he was given a high bonus so he wouldn’t play college football. Francisco Lindor got $2.9 million and Javier Baez got $2.625 million.
If you believe he would have gone in the top 5, then he would probably have received a million or two more. If not, then he probably would have received about the same.
Comment by Samuel Deduno — January 1, 2013 @ 12:24 pm
These are very helpful reports, keep them coming, thanks!
How can you state as fact that Sano’s defense suffered from lack of focus? That seems like a lame excuse for errors and hard to support even if you were watching every game of his. What is he not mentally ready when the pitch is made? It’s not like being unaware of the scenario translates to errors anyway. I guess I’m looking for clarification on his defense.
I’ve heard others say he doesn’t care about his defense which can be explained by lack of focus. From watching him, it is obvious that he is very lackadaisical in the field during in and outs and between innings. He barely leans down on groundballs, sometimes lobs the ball to first base, tries to make the plays look as flashy as possible. With a player who has struggled so badly with defense, it would seem that he should be more focused on it.
Comment by Samuel Deduno — January 1, 2013 @ 10:53 pm
He won’t be a 3B in MN. The next best bet is Travis Harrison who may not stick and another international guy from this year, Amaurys Minier. I haven’t seen enough of his glove or arm to know if he can stick.
Comment by garrioch13 — January 3, 2013 @ 12:35 pm