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Twins won't rush best prospect since Mauer

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08:16 AM ET 06.01 | Signed as a shortstop, 6-foot-3, 235-pound Miguel Sano has been moved to third -- and, now, it seems, it's a matter of when he'll move through the minor league system and to the Twin Cities. [Sano] leads the Midwest League in home runs (13) and RBI (40), but he has also stuck out 60 times in 51 games and his batting average has slipped to .245 through Wednesday. ... "I'm just trying to focus on getting myself up there so I can play at a higher level and be able to help the team win," Sano says. "I want to be there in two years." Watch him swing the bat, and it's easy to imagine such a fast-track trip through the minors. Sano's swing is gorgeous, a fluid and powerful motion that appears effortless.

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June 1, 2012  08:36 AM ET

This is one sorry organization.....what happened to the Twins...they used to have all this great young talent that Gardenhire would just plug into the lineup ....now it seems they have nothing......

June 1, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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This is one sorry organization.....what happened to the Twins...they used to have all this great young talent that Gardenhire would just plug into the lineup ....now it seems they have nothing......

Player health, especially with their star players, has been an issue in recent years as well.

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June 1, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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This is one sorry organization.....what happened to the Twins...they used to have all this great young talent that Gardenhire would just plug into the lineup ....now it seems they have nothing......

Terry Ryan was a great general manager for the Twins. He was great because he could find great talent. Unfortunately he stepped down from his position in '07. They hired Bill Smith, who obviously was a buffoon. Ryan is back in the org so the Twins will contend again in a few years.

June 1, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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Bill Smith took over for Terry Ryan. Cupboards were cleaned out under Smith.Terry Ryan has returned and replaced Bill Smith.

You beat me to it.

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June 1, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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This kid is only 19...looks like he could be great, but he's gotta make sure he's not 270 pounds in a couple more years.

That is big for a short stop.

June 1, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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Bill Smith took over for Terry Ryan. Cupboards were cleaned out under Smith.Terry Ryan has returned and replaced Bill Smith.

So the process begins all over again....it may take a little longer with the new draft rules...but hey at least they have their guy back....that's good news...

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June 1, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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I wouldn't say that Smith was a buffoon. He's a numbers guy, not a talent evaluator. Twins were just too loyal in giving it to an insider rather than looking elsewhere.But, that's how the Twins do it. Ryan came up as a scout.... so he had an inside track when he got his chance too.

Looks like you know the history. Ryan was great 'cause he built a Central Division contender on the cheap.

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June 1, 2012  09:59 AM ET

He is a long way from the Twin Cities. Where the boy is playing now is like facing college pitching.

June 1, 2012  11:29 AM ET
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Player health, especially with their star players, has been an issue in recent years as well.

was thinking about this last night. over last 5 yrs or so everything that possibly could have gone wrong went wrong. injuries to mauer and morneau as well as others, their two best pitching prospects both in post tommy john recovery at moment, came out on wrong end of pretty much every trade they made, etc, etc.

June 1, 2012  11:30 AM ET
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actually... the new draft rules favor the smaller market teams.

yeah, but not sure the twins are (or ever really were) a small market team. i'd call them a mid market team.

June 1, 2012  11:57 AM ET

they will keep him off of a MLB roster as long as possible to maximize their control of him once he becomes MLB ready.

June 1, 2012  12:57 PM ET
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yeah, but not sure the twins are (or ever really were) a small market team. i'd call them a mid market team.

I take it you've never been to the Twin Cities before.

 
June 1, 2012  01:05 PM ET
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This is one sorry organization.....what happened to the Twins...they used to have all this great young talent that Gardenhire would just plug into the lineup ....now it seems they have nothing......

They were good because they had a great farm system, and developed the players and Ryan was the main reason behind that. He has big shoes to fill, and unless his next replacement has immediate and prolonged success, they will be viewed as a failure.

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