Gary Sanchez, Twins star’s struggles raise old position concerns

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Scouts will speak about watching the 2 gamers from the Dominican Republic on the identical discipline throughout showcases once they have been 16, when Miguel Sano was nonetheless dabbling at shortstop and already there have been projections Gary Sanchez must transfer to first base.

Sanchez agreed with the Yankees in July 2009 for $three million, the most important signing bonus that yr for a non-Cuban participant out of Latin America. That was till Sano signed with the Twins for $three.15 million that fall.

Though enjoying simply 80 video games, Sano completed third within the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year vote. Though enjoying simply 53 video games, Sanchez completed second within the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year vote. Both have been All-Stars in 2017 and Sano eradicated Sanchez within the 2017 Home Run Derby semifinals earlier than shedding to Aaron Judge within the remaining.

The future seemed promising for the 2 24-year-olds.

But 25 has not gone as effectively. Both struggled this yr, elevating questions anew about simply the place to play them within the discipline, and haven’t had their bats to guard them from such inquiries.

Sano was optioned to the minors on June 14. He was hitting simply .203 with a .675 OPS and the Twins have been fearful about his waistline and method on the plate (66 strikeouts in 37 video games). He was solely promoted once more Friday to strive third base as soon as extra as a result of Minnesota traded Eduardo Escobar to the Diamondbacks.

“Miguel has done a great job with his work over the last month,” Derek Falvey, the Twins’ chief baseball officer, responded in a textual content. “Another major league opportunity has presented itself and now he has the chance to seize it. I’m confident he’ll continue the work he has been doing to put himself in the best position to do that.”

After reaching the wild-card recreation final yr earlier than shedding to the Yankees, the Twins have been among the many majors’ most disappointing groups. Many shortcomings have turned them into one of many extra important sellers on this market (Escobar and Ryan Pressly have already got been traded with extra prone to come). But central to the issues, and an enormous concern, is that Sano and Byron Buxton — anticipated to be cornerstones — each performed so poorly this season they wanted to be demoted.

“We absolutely need Miguel Sano to be an impact player for us to be successful,” Falvey wrote. “While this year hasn’t gone the way any of us hoped for — and for Miguel in particular — we still need to focus on the work that gets him to be an impact player for us at the major league level.”

The Yankees will not be as beholden to Sanchez due to a deeper expertise reserve. Still, his .188 common, .699 OPS and persisting questions on his protection, hustle and now well being present as enormous a problem because the Yankees have within the quick time period.

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