The Minnesota Twins could use all of the help they can get after finishing last season with a 66-96 record.
Well, Miguel Sano hopes to deliver in a big way. The 20-year-old Dominican power hitter is one of baseball’s top prospects, and he certainly isn't short on confidence.
Despite not even facing a pitch in the major leagues, he believes he has what it takes to hit a boatload of home runs this season, according to Phil Miller of the Star-Tribune.
“I hit 45 this year. More games,” Sano said. “Maybe 55, you never know.”
Sano hit 90 home runs in four years of minor league ball. He played in 379 games and had a total of 1,606 at bats.
The most games he ever played in one season was 129, which is likely the reason for such a bold statement.
With 162 regular season games on tap, Sano has good reason to believe he could put up impressive long ball numbers.
But the young ball player didn’t stop there, as he also thinks he could top triple digits in the walk department.
“120,” he said. “Maybe 150.”
He had 192 walks in his minor league career. Cincinnati’s Joey Votton led all of baseball last season with 135 walks, 120 would have been good for second.
But hey, if Sano begins to hit the amount of homeruns he expects to hit this season, maybe pitchers will gladly pitch around him to get him to his walk total.
It’s important to note that Sano hasn’t even made Minnesota’s Opening Day roster just yet. However, the Twins could certainly use a power bat in the lineup.
I get the feeling Sano will have plenty of opportunities to make his dreams come true.
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