Jose Francisco Miranda Palacios...wife, Paola (married December 2022) and daughter, Valentina...Valentina is a big fan of the movie "Encanto", whose music was written by Jose's cousin Lin-Manuel Miranda, best known as the creator of "Hamilton"...ranked as the 113th-best prospect from Puerto Rico in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Baseball America...was a member of the Team Puerto Rico squad that won a gold medal at the U14 World Championships and a gold medal at the U16 World Championships...won back-to-back MVP awards as a member of the USSSA Elite World Series Championship teams...recognized as the Rookie of the Year at the Liga de Béisbol Juvenil Double-A de Puerto Rico (Double-A Youth Baseball League of Puerto Rico) in 2014...in 2015, was named the champion bat at the Double-A Youth League with a batting average of .664...went on 2023 Twins Winter Caravan, visiting Minneapolis' Southside Village Boys & Girls Club, as well as St. Cloud, MN and Fargo, ND...participated in 2023 TwinsFest at Target Field in January...Selected to play for Team Puerto Rico in 2023 World Baseball Classic.
Was in Twins Spring Training for second straight season after being added to 40-man roster in November 2021...optioned to Triple-A St. Paul on March 30...Played in 21 games for the Saints from April 5-30, hitting .256 (22-for-86) with a .737 OPS...hit .300 (15-for-50) with an .871 OPS in his final 13 games prior to recall...Recalled by Minnesota on May 2 (Miguel Sanó - IL)…Made Major League debut May 2 at Baltimore, going 0-for-4, starting at third base and batting sixth...Recorded first Major League hit May 3 at Baltimore, doubling off Bruce Zimmermann; also recorded first career RBI on the play...Hit first career home run May 6 vs. Oakland, a solo shot off Zach Logue...Hit just .164 (11-for-67) with a .484 OPS in first 19 career games and was optioned back to St. Paul May 29 but did not play for Saints, because he was recalled by Minnesota the next day when Royce Lewis landed on the Injured List...stayed with Twins the rest of season and hit .286 (108-for-377) with a .797 OPS in 106 games...Had first career two-homer game June 3 at Toronto...Recorded first career walk-off with a ninth-inning single July 2 vs. Baltimore, off future teammate Jorge López...Recorded second career walk-off 11 days later July 13 vs. Milwaukee, hitting a three-run homer off Josh Hader, capping a 4-1 Twins victory...Recorded three consecutive three-hit games from July 24-27, the first Twins rookie with a streak of three-or-more games with three-plus hits since Danny Valencia did it in four straight from July 24-27, 2010 (3, 3, 4, 4)…Named American League Rookie of the Month for July, hitting .353/.405/.603 with 13 runs scored, 24 hits, two doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI over 20 games played...hit .426 with 20 hits during a 13-game span from July 5-27, scoring 10 runs with six extra-base hits and 15 RBI during the stretch...Among AL players in July, he finished fifth in batting average, tied for fifth in RBI, eighth in OPS, ninth in slugging and 12th in on-base percentage...his .353 average in July was the second highest for a Twins rookie in July, trailing only Tony Oliva's 1964 July average of .357... he became the first Twins rookie with a July OPS over 1.000 in club history (minimum 70 PA)...marked just the 10th time in club history for a rookie to have OPS over 1.000 in any month (minimum 70 PA): Kent Hrbek (April 1982 - 1.102), Rich Rollins (April 1962 - 1.059), Tony Oliva (May 1964 - 1.136), Jimmie Hall (June 1963 - 1.042), Hall (August 1963 - 1.114), Matt Lawton (Aug. 1996 - 1.016), Miguel Sanó (August 2015 - 1.006), Chris Parmelee (Sept. 2011 - 1.035) and Dave Engle (September 1981 - 1.002)…Recorded first career stolen base Aug. 3 vs. Detroit, off Tucker Barnhart and Derek Law...Had dinner with famed cousin Lin-Manuel Miranda and family members after game was postponed Sept. 6 at New York-AL...homered the next day in Game 1 of the doubleheader at Yankee Stadium...Recorded multiple hits in four straight games (3, 2, 3, 2) from Sept.24-28, tied for longest streak by a Twin on season...Hit .275 (36-for-131) with nine home runs and an .821 OPS vs. left-handed pitching, compared to .265 (83-for-313) with six home runs and a .721 OPS vs. right-handed pitching for Twins...Played 77 games (69 starts) at first base and 34 games (27 starts) at third base...made just three errors at each position, posting a .994 fielding percentage at first base and a .951 fielding percentage at third base...Ranked third among AL rookies in batting average (.268), RBI (66), OPS+ (115.0) and on-base percentage (.325), fourth in slugging percentage (.426), and fifth in home runs (15), walks (28), and hits (119) — minimum 400 at-bats...One of four rookies in club history (since 1961) with at least 100 hits, 25 doubles, 15 home runs, 60 RBI and 25 walks in rookie season, joining Tony Oliva (1964), Gary Gaetti (1982) and Marty Cordova (1995)…Led Twins in RBI with 66, becoming third rookie in club history to lead team in RBI, joining Bobby Darwin (80 in 1972) and Kent Hrbek (92 in 1982)…also finished ninth in club history for RBI among rookies...Finished tied for 11th in club history in home runs for a rookie with 15...most since Max Kepler hit 17 in 2016...Named to MLB.com/MLB Pipeline's 2022 All-Rookie Second Team...Named first baseman on Baseball Digest MLB Rookie All-Star Team...Selected to play for Team Puerto Rico in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, marking first career selection.
Joined Twins for 2021 spring training as a non-roster depth camp player...batted .267 (4-for-15) with one double, one homer, one RBI, two walks, two runs scored and a .353 on-base percentage in 14 spring games...Began the minor league season with Double-A Wichita...Hit .345 (67-for-194) with eight doubles, 13 homers, 38 RBI, 17 walks and 36 runs scored in 47 games for the Wind Surge...named Twins minor league Player of the Week thrice with Wichita, on May 9, June 6 and June 27..Promoted to Triple-A St. Paul on June 28, finishing the season with Saints...went 5-for-6 with one double, three home runs, six RBI and four runs scored in his Triple-A debut on June 29...set a single-game career-high in homers and matched his career-high in RBI in that game...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week on July 4, after hitting .407 (11-for-27) with two doubles, four homers, 11 RBI and a 1.219 OPS for Wichita and St. Paul during the week...Hit safely in a career-best 14-straight games from August 20 to the first game on September 5... batted .323 (20-for-62) with two doubles, one home run, eight RBI, five walks and seven runs scored in that span...Hit .343 (117-for-341) with 24 doubles, 17 home runs, 56 RBI, 25 walks and 61 runs scored in 80 games for the Saints, from June 29 to the end of the season...Recorded three multi-homer games on the season: May 7 at Springfield (2 HR), June 20 vs. Springfield (2 HR) and June 29 vs. Omaha (3 HR)..Combined to hit .344 (184-for-535) with 32 doubles, 30 homers, 94 RBI, 42 walks and 97 runs scored in 127 games...led Twins system in games played, plate appearances, at-bats, hits, runs scored, doubles, home runs and RBI...also tied for fifth among all minor leaguers in RBI...Became the first Twins farmhand with at least 30 homers in a season since Daniel Palka in 2016 (34 HR)...also was the first Twins minor league hitter with at least 30 doubles and at least 30 homers in a season since Adam Brett Walker (31 2B, 31 HR) in 2015...Named third baseman on Twins MiLB.com organizational All-Star team...also MiLB.com Player of the Year...Named recipient of Sherry Robertson Award as Twins minor league Player of the Year...Also named to the 2021 Baseball America Minor League All-Star team at second base...Named by Baseball America as fifth-best prospect, best hitter for average and best power hitter in Twins system following season...Added to Twins 40-man roster on Nov. 19...Ranked 95th-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com, entering 2022 and third in Twins system.
The 2020 minor league season was cancelled due to COVID-19 and was not part of the Twins' 60-man player pool...played for Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League, hitting .302 (16-for-53) with six doubles, 10 runs scored, one home run and eight RBI in 15 games... named PWL Rookie of the Year for his performance...represented Puerto Rico in the 2020-21 Caribbean Series, appearing in five games.
Split the season between High-A Fort Myers and Double-A Pensacola, hitting .252 (112-for-445) with 26 doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 55 RBI, 24 walks and a .671 OPS in 119 games.
Split the season between Low-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, played in 131 games and hit .264 (133-for-503) with 27 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs and 31 walks...16 home runs and 82 RBI set new career highs...named Midwest League Player of the Week on July 15, after batting .462 (12-for-26) with two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.269 OPS in six games that week... following the season, was named a Twins MiLB.com organization All-Star.
Spent entire season with Rookie-Elizabethton...tied for Appalachian League lead with 11 home runs...posted a 10.29 plate appearance-per strikeout rate, third best in the Appy League and his 1/20.27 home run-to-at-bat ratio was second best in Appy League...named an Appy League Postseason All-Star and a Twins MiLB.com organization All-Star.
Made professional debut June 24 for Rookie GCL Twins, after being selected by the Twins in Lottery Round B of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft... recorded first career hit, a single off the GCL Orioles' Parker Bridwell, June 29 and hit first career home run July 27, off the GCL Orioles' Joe Johnson.