Twins rookie Miguel Sano blasts two homers, makes all the bloggers in Minnesota swoon


Twins stud prospect Miguel Sano was playing great through 32 career games, hitting .275 with tons of walks and extra-base hits, and then last night the 22-year-old rookie exploded for a monster game against the Rangers.

Sano went 3-for-3 with two homers, a walk, and six RBIs in the Twins’ blowout win.

His first home run was crushed, reaching the second deck at Target Field. At the time the Twins’ television announcers made note of that accomplishment. And then his second home run was a mammoth shot into the rarely reached third deck at Target Field, at which point I started tweeting out his stats accompanied by Beyonce videos.

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Sano is now hitting .295 with a .409 on-base percentage and .571 slugging percentage in 33 games. And if you prorate his numbers to 162 games you get 35 homers, 50 doubles, 108 walks, and 123 RBIs. His current .980 OPS would be the highest by a right-handed Twins hitter since Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew in 1969 and the highest by any 22-year-old rookie since Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (who happens to be my favorite player of all time, despite his White Sox-ness).

Coming into the 2014 season Sano was considered by many to be the best power-hitting prospect in all of baseball, but then he missed the entire year following Tommy John elbow surgery. For him to pick up right where he left off as an elite prospect, earn a call-up to the majors three months into his comeback season, and establish himself as the bat around which the Twins’ lineup will revolve for the next decade or so is a much-needed bright spot for Minnesota baseball fans.

Miguel Sano is a bad, bad man.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.