5/11/1993 (23 y, 10 m, 14 d) Bats/Throws:
3B/DHContract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Reported: 10/7/2014 Risk: 3 ETA: 2016 Team Rank: 2 Positional Rank: NA Overall Rank: NA
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Sano went 2-for-3 with his first home run of spring training in Saturday's win over Toronto. (3/4/2017)
|Profile: Sano took a significant step back in every meaningful way in 2016. It'd be easy to point to him being shoehorned into right field as the primary culprit, but there was some worry when he came into camp not in the shape the team requested, and the season really never got off the ground from there. Sano hit just .236/.319/.462 and wasn't markedly better after a hamstring injury cost him all of June. Prior to the injury, Sano was playing right field nearly every day and hit .235/.341/.458. Upon returning, Sano stayed on the dirt and hit just .236/.303/.465 the rest of the way. It's certainly possible that the move to right sidetracked his entire season, but it's also possible that he was exposed as a power hitter with too much swing-and-miss in his game — something he'll have to adjust moving forward. He's working out hard — and has lost eight pounds this winter, according to a Twins source — to make the full-time shift back to third base, which should be positive for his fantasy and real-life futures. Having outfield eligibility this season in many, if not all leagues should also make him more sought after. It's possible some of the shine has worn off, but it's pretty unlikely he's going to have obscene buy-low potential in leagues this season. (@Brandon_Warne)|
The Quick Opinion: Buying low on Sano might be tough this spring with multi-position eligibility and big-time talent, but even paying a moderately high price for the young slugger could pay huge dividends. Monitor his stock into the spring, because there's potential for a huge payoff here.