Twins prospect Miguel Sano is fully recovered from the Tommy John elbow surgery that caused him to miss all of last season.
Director of minor league operations Brad Steil told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Sano “is doing pretty much everything” and “is able to do everything in the workouts.”
Now the big question is whether he’ll be able to re-establish himself as a third baseman long term, because even before the elbow injury there were questions about Sano’s massive size possibly forcing him to an outfield corner or first base.
Last year, before the injury, Sano ranked as a top-10 prospect according to both Baseball America and MLB.com. Even after missing an entire season he remains a consensus top-20 prospect and if everything goes according to plan he could be hitting in the middle of the Twins’ lineup at some point this year.
Tim Tebow is not having a very good go of it in Triple-A. He’s hitting .157/.216/.231 in his first 34 games at the minors’ top level. This is somewhat problematic given that the worse the Mets’ season goes — and it ain’t going great right now — the more likely it is that they’ll want to give him a big league cup of coffee at the end of the year. I mean, they still might do it anyway, but I’m sure they’d like his slugging percentage to be higher than his weight when they do.
Yesterday, though, the Heisman Trophy winner did something good: he hit a dinger. His first since his promotion to Syracuse. It came in his 105th at bat of the year.
The homer was the product of a recent hot — well, let’s call it warm — streak that he’s been on of late. Tebow has hit in seven of his past nine games, raising his average from .130 to .157. He has five doubles and 11 RBI on the year to go with that homer. Citi Field, here he comes.
Here’s the blast is in all of its minor league glory: