Miguel Sano, once one of the best right-handed hitters, has appeared on the free agent market, but news of a contract and rumors are not being heard. Eventually, he will hold a showcase to find a new team.
Reporter Darren Wolfson of Minnesota’s local media ‘SKOR North’ said on the 3rd (hereinafter Korean time), “Former Minnesota Twins hitter Sano is scheduled to hold a showcase for scouts in Tampa on the 8th. He is currently focusing on hitting training.” 안전놀이터
Sano, from the Dominican Republic, signed with Minnesota in 2011 as an international amateur. After that, he first stepped on the big league stage in 2015, and played an active role as a starting first baseman and designated hitter.
Sano recorded a career batting average of 0.234, 162 homers, 418 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.808, and was also selected as an All-Star. In particular, in 2019, he had his best year with a batting average of 0.247, 34 home runs and 79 RBIs with an OPS of 0.923.
However, his batting average drops significantly due to his strikeout rate and miss rate, which are considered his weaknesses. Also, he always has doubts about his physical condition. He only filled the regulation at bats in 2020 and 2021. 2020 was a shortened season due to the novel coronavirus.
Last year, he fell into an even more extreme batting slump, and ended the season early with a knee injury. Sano had a career-worst batting average of 0.083, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.345, and came to the market as a free agent when Minnesota rejected the team option.
“MLB Trade Rumors” said, “It seems that not many teams have used him as their main first baseman. He is likely to be recruited for the purpose of strengthening his depth, and he may have to accept a minor league contract,” he predicted.
Currently, the remaining first basemen in the free agent market are Yuli Gurriel and Luke Voit, and players who can see first baseman include Mike Moustakas and Donovan Solano.