Miguel Angel (Jean) Sanó (pronounced sah-NO)...Twitter: @SanoMiguel...Instagram: @miguelsano_22...signed as a 16-year-old from San Pedro De Macorís, Dominican Republic on Oct. 9, 2009...was one of the subjects of the 2011 “Ballplayer: Pelotero” documentary...is close to former major leaguer and San Pedro De Macorís, DR native Fernando Tatis Sr., who is his mentor and offseason hitting instructor...favorite all-time TV show is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Was Twins Opening Day first baseman for second-straight season; fifth career time on Opening Day roster...batted fourth and went 1-for-4 with one walk on Opening Day on April 1 at Milwaukee...Hit 132nd career home run on April 4 at Milwaukee, tying Jacque Jones for 13th on Twins all-time list...hit 133rd on April 15 vs. Boston, passing Jones and moving into sole possession of 13th...Placed on 10-day Injured List with a strained right hamstring on April 23; reinstated on May 5...Hit three home runs on May 18 vs. Chicago-AL, becoming the 10th different Twin with a three-homer game (13th different time), joining Bob Allison (1963), Harmon Killebrew (1963), Tony Oliva (1973), Justin Morneau (2007), Max Kepler (2016 & '19), Brian Dozier (2016), Eddie Rosario (2017 & '18), Byron Buxton (2017) and Nelson Cruz (2019 twice)...Hit 100th career double on May 20 (Game 1) at Los Angeles-AL...is one of 19 players in Twins history (since 1961) with at least 100 doubles and 100 home runs...Hit two-run walk-off home run in the 12th inning on June 21 vs. Cincinnati, his third career walk-off hit and second via home run...prior to the game the Twins honored the memory of the late bench coach Mike Bell, who passed away in March, with a pregame ceremony which included Mike's brother David, the manager of the Reds...Sanó told Mike's son, Luke, how much his dad meant to him and asked if he could do anything for Luke...Luke replied with "hit a home run tonight."...Hit 141st career home run on June 4 at Kansas City, tying Michael Cuddyer for 12th on Twins all-time list...hit 142nd on June 5 at Kansas City, passing Cuddyer and moving into sole possession of 12th....Recorded 500th career hit (single) on June 8 vs. New York-AL...Hit 143rd career home run on June 9 vs. New York-AL, tying Joe Mauer for 11th on Twins all-time list...hit 144th on June 11 vs. Houston, passing Mauer and moving into sole possession of 11th...Hit two home runs on July 28 vs. Detroit, his second multi-homer game of the season and 11th of career...Hit 150th career home run on August 9 vs. Chicago-AL, a solo shot off Lucas Giolito...Placed on Paternity List from August 20-23 as he traveled to Minneapolis following the birth of his daughter, Danea, on August 19...Hit 495-foot home run on August 25 at Boston, off Nick Pivetta, measured as the longest home run in baseball on the season...also second-longest for a Twin in the Statcast Era, behind his own 496-foot shot on Sept. 17, 2019, vs. Chicago-AL...hit the three longest home runs for the club in 2021: the aforementioned homer, a 475-foot shot on Aug. 18 vs. Cleveland (off Zach Plesac) and a 473-foot shot on July 28 vs. Detroit (off Joe Jiménez)....Hit 30th home run on September 28 vs. Detroit, becoming the seventh different player in club history (since 1961) with multiple 30-homer seasons (also 34 in 2019), joining Harmon Killebrew (8 times), Justin Morneau (3 times), Bob Allison (2 times), Gary Gaetti (2 times), Tom Brunansky (2 times) and Brian Dozier (2 times)...Hit 28 of his 30 home runs after May 15, tied for 12th most in the American League after that date...hit .241 (97-for-403) with 24 doubles, 70 RBI, a .509 slugging percentage and an .827 OPS in 114 games in that span...opened the year hitting .119 (8-for-67) with two homers, five RBI and a .490 OPS in his first 21 games...Played 118 games (114 starts) at first base and nine games (3 starts) at third base...Hit .245 (57-for-233) with an .863 OPS in 70 games at home, compared to .203 (48-for-237) with a .693 OPS on the road...Hit .238 (36-for-151) with a .703 OPS against left-handed pitching, compared to .216 (69-for-319) with an .813 OPS against righties...Ranked second on club in home runs (30), RBI (75) and walks (59), and was third in doubles (24) and games (135).
Was on Twins Opening Day roster for fourth time in career and was first baseman July 24 at Chicago-AL, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts...Began season hitting .111 (5-for-45) with two doubles, three home runs, six RBI and two walks, but hit .321 in next 24 games August 11-September 5...reached base safely in all but five of those games... overall in that stretch, scored 18 runs with 10 doubles, six home runs, 12 RBI, 13 walks and a 1.088 OPS; team had a record of 14-10...Recorded season-long 10-game hitting streak August 17-26, hitting .417 (15-for-36) with nine doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, six walks, a .500 OBP and 1.333 OPS in that span...the streak finished as the longest on the team in 2020, and was the longest since Nelson Cruz’ 11-gamer from September 19, 2019-July 26, 2020...Had at least one double in five consecutive games from August 17-21, and from August 17-23, had eight doubles in seven games...Enters 2021 with 99 career doubles...was tracking to log his 100th this season, but after 12 doubles in his first 34 games, didn’t log a two-bagger in final 19 games of the season...13 home runs in 2020 tied for the second-highest total on the team (Nelson Cruz -16)...also tied for second in runs scored (31), fourth in RBI (25)...Ended the season ranked first in the majors in barrels-per-batted ball event (22.9%), second in average exit velocity (95.2 mph) and third in in hard-hit percentage (57.3%)...Hit .218 (31-for-142) off of right-handed pitching with 10 doubles, 11 home runs, 22 RBI and 15 walks (.819 OPS)...against southpaws, hit .159 (7-for-44) with two doubles, two homers, three RBI and three walks (.554 OPS)...ALed the majors with 90 strikeouts this year...swing-and-miss percentage was 42.7%, the highest of his career...struck out at least once in 48 of his 53 games played...Of his 38 hits this season, 25 went for extra-bases (65.8%)...In his first full season as a first baseman, committed four errors across 423.1 innings in the field...was one of 10 first basemen in the majors to log at least 400.0 innings in the field...Started at first base for both games in AL Wild Card Series vs. Houston, going 1-for-7 with one walk.
Began season on 10-day Injured List with a right heel laceration, an injury suffered playing in the Dominican Winter League...played in 10 games on rehab assignment between Triple-A Rochester, Double-A Pensacola and Single-A Ft. Myers; returned from rehab assignment and reinstated May 13....Homered five times in first seven games May 16-24, including his fourth career multi-homer game May 23 at Los Angeles-AL...had four more multi-homer games on season: June 28 at Chicago-AL, July 23 vs. New York-AL, August 23 vs. Detroit and September 22 vs. Kansas City....Hit just .195 (23-for-118) with 56 strikeouts in first 31 games, but had seven doubles, nine home runs,
a .483 slugging percentage and a .761 OPS from May 16-June 27...hit .301 (34-for-113) with six doubles, one triple, 11 home runs 30 RBI, a .664 slugging percentage and a 1.065 OPS in next 34 games, June 28-August 7....Set career-high with 11-game hitting streak June 28-July 14....Hit 100th career home run (2-homer game) July 23 vs. New York-AL in his 432nd career game, becoming the fastest player in club history to reach 100 homers; Harmon Killebrew reached 100 homers in his 440th career game....Recorded second career walk-off hit and first via home run August 5 vs. Atlanta, a pinch-hit two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth to give the Twins a 5-3 victory...it marked the first pinchhit walk-off homer for the Twins since Michael Cuddyer on April 19, 2006 vs. Los Angeles-AL....Hit first career grand slam September 14 at Cleveland, giving the Twins a lead and eventual 9-5 win, helping extend the Twins division lead to 5.5 games....Hit 30th home run September 17 vs. Chicago-AL, off Ross Detwiler...became the fifth Twin to reach the 30-home run mark on the season (Max Kepler, Nelson Cruz, Mitch Garver and Eddie Rosario), setting a major league record...the homer traveled 482 ft., the second longest home run in Target Field's history, trailing Jim Thome's 490 ft. shot on July 17, 2011 vs. Kansas City....Hit .284 (31-for-109) with a 1.009 OPS vs. left-handed pitching and .232 (63-for-271) with an .889 OPS vs. right-handed pitching....Despite not making his season debut until May 16, set career highs for home runs (34), RBI (79), walks (55), slugging percentage (.576) and OPS (.923)...from May 16, ranked tied for third in the AL in homers, seventh in slugging percentage (min. 350 AB), 11th in RBI and 12th in OPS....55 of his 94 hits (58.5%) went for extra-bases (19 doubles, 2 triples and 34 home runs)....Finished first in baseball in hard-hit rate at pitches thrown 95-plus MPH (57.3%)...also ranked second in baseball in average exit velocity (94.4%), trailing only ...ron Judge (95.8%)....Played third base in all three games of ALDS vs. New York-AL, going 1-for-12 with one home run and one RBI...homered to rightfield in third at-bat of Game 1 October 4 at Yankee Stadium, a solo shot off Tommy Kahnle....Signed three-year contract with Twins, including a fourth-year club option, on January 14, 2020.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for third time in career and was Opening Day third baseman, batting third March 29 at Baltimore...Recorded an extra-base hit in six straight March 31-April 7, tied for second longest XBH streak in Twins history (Tony Oliva - 7 in 1964, Kent Hrbek - 6 in 1983 and '88, Oliva - 6 in 1971, and Kirby Puckett - 6 in 1986)...Placed on 10-day disabled list on May 1 with left hamstring strain; went on rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester, playing in nine games...returned from rehab and reinstated May 24...Hit .191 (13-for-68) with 30 strikeouts for the Twins upon his return...Optioned to Single-A Ft. Myers on June 14...played in 23 games between the Miracle and Triple-A Rochester, hitting .295 (23-for-78) with a .415 on-base percentage and was recalled by Minnesota July 28...Missed 12 games after suffering a lower left leg bruise on September 4 at Houston, injuring himself on a slide into second base, attempting to advance on a wild pitch...Came back for one game September 18 at Detroit but experienced more pain in left leg and was shut down for the rest of the season...Played with Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Winter League, helping the club win the championship.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for second time in career and was Opening Day third baseman, batting fifth April 3 vs. Kansas City; homered in second at-bat ... Suffered second career ejection April 22 vs. Detroit and made contact with Tigers catcher James McCann; served one-game suspension May 9 at Chicago-AL ... Set season high with five RBI April 30 at Kansas City ... Set career high with four hits May 22 at Baltimore ... Participated in T-Mobile Home Run Derby on July 10 at Marlins Park; was the fifth seed and defeated Mike Moustakas in round one with 11 home runs, defeated Gary Sanchez in round two with 11 home runs, then lost to Aaron Judge in the finals with 10 home runs to Judge's 11 ... Hit .276 (83-for-301) with 21 home runs and 62 RBI in 82 games pre-All-Star break and was selected to first career AL All-Star team as a reserve; entered the game in the bottom of the fourth inning and played third base; went 1-for-1 and drove in the AL's first run with a single ... Tied career high with 10-game hitting streak June 30-July 8 ... Missed time in early August after being hit by a pitch in same spot on left hand multiple times within a week ... Hit 26th home run August 13 at Detroit, setting a new single-season career high; finished with 28, second-most on club ... Placed on 10-day disabled list August 21 with a left shin stress reaction; reinstated September 29 and played in three games ... Ranked second on club in home runs (28), third in RBI (77) and runs (75), and fourth in walks (54).
Made Twins Opening Day roster for first time in career and was Opening Day rightfielder, batting third April 4 at Baltimore. Suffered first career ejection April 10 at Kansas City, arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire John Hirschbeck. Homered in four straight games May 25-29, one game short of the Twins record. Placed on 15-day disabled list June 1 with a left hamstring strain, an injury he suffered running to first base the previous night in Oakland. Reinstated from disabled list July 1. Hit safely in career-high 10 straight games July 5-19. Recorded second career two-homer game August 7 at Tampa Bay; set season-high with four RBI. Reached 20 homers for first time in career August 12 vs. Kansas City. Set Twins single-season record for strikeouts (178), which also tied for fourth in the AL. Set career-highs in games (116), home runs (25), RBI (66), doubles (22), walks (54) and runs (57). Ranked second on club in home runs and RBI, third in runs, and tied for third in doubles.
Optioned from Twins spring training to Double-A Chattanooga March 16....Hit fifth career grand slam April 17 vs. Birmingham.... Hit .159 (10-for-63) in 18 April games, .303 (30-for-99) in 26 May games and .329 (26-for-79) in 22 June games, all with Chattanooga.... Named Twins minor league Player of the Week May 17, hitting .379 (11-for-29) with four doubles, three home runs, eight RBI, three walks and a .438 on-base percentage.... Named Southern League All-Star and started at third base, batting fourth for the North Division, going 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and a run.... Recalled from Double-A Chattanooga July 2.... Recorded first major league hit July 2 at Kansas City, hitting an infield single off Greg Holland.... Recorded first career RBI July 3 at Kansas City, with a single.... Hit safely in first seven career games, marking the third longest for a Twin to start career...also walked six times in first seven games, tying him with Danny Ardoin for second most walks in club history in his first seven games.... Hit first career home run July 7 vs. Baltimore, a two-run shot off Kevin Gausman....Missed two games in late July with a sprained right ankle.... Hit safely in season-high eight straight games twice: July 24-August 1 and September 13-20.... Recorded first career two-homer game August 12 vs. Texas, including six RBI, third most RBI by a rookie in a single game in club history (Tony Oliva - 1964 and Oswaldo Arcia - 2013)....Homered August 25 at Tampa Bay becoming the first player age 22-or-younger with 12 home runs within his first 45 career games since Adam Dunn (2001)...joined Orlando Cepeda (1958) and Albert Pujols (2001) as the only players that young with 12 home runs and 37 RBI in first 45 games (ESPN Stats & Info)....Named AL Rookie of the Month for August after hitting .278 (27-for-97) with seven doubles, nine home runs and 26 RBI...led all AL rookies in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage (.629)...nine home runs tied for second most all-time among Twins rookies in any month: Jimmie Hall had 13 in August of 1963 and Tony Oliva had nine in May of 1964.... Hit game-winning solo home run in 12th inning September 9 at Kansas City, giving Twins a 3-2 victory...according to Elias, he became just the second rookie in the last 27 seasons (1989-2015) to hit a pinch-hit game-winning home run in the 12th inning-or-later (Lyle Overbay - 2003 and Mark Parent -1988).... Combined to hit .271 (141-for-520) with 35 doubles, 33 home runs, 100 RBI and 91 walks in 146 games between Chattanooga and Minnesota....Finished eighth on Twins all-time list in home runs (18) for rookies and most since Marty Cordova hit 24 in 1995; his 53 walks ranked 10th. ... Ranked second among AL rookies in home runs and fifth in baseball...ranked third in RBI (52) among AL rookies...among rookies with 200 at-bats, he ranked first in on-base percentage (.385) and slugging percentage (.530).... Given Calvin R. Griffith Award for Most Valuable Twin and Bill Boni Award for Twins Outstanding Rookie, both awards voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA...became second Twins rookie to ever win Calvin R. Griffith Award, the other being Tony Oliva in 1964....Finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting with 20 voting points (all 3rd place votes), behind Carlos Correa (124 points) and Francisco Lindor (109 points).... Named third baseman on MiLB.com Twins organizational All-Star team.... Named designated hitter on Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team.... Ranked top prospect in Southern League by Baseball America (one spot in front of teammate Byron Buxton).
Missed entire season due to "Tommy John" surgery on right elbow...Surgery performed by Dr. David Altchek March 12...Added to Twins 40-man roster November 20...Ranked second best prospect in Twins system and best power hitter by Baseball America entering 2015...Named 11th best prospect in baseball by MLB.com entering 2015.
Started season with Single-A Ft. Myers and hit .368 (35-for-95) with seven doubles, nine home runs and 24 RBI in 25 April games…Hit third career grand slam April 16 vs. Palm Beach…Reached base safely in 27 straight games April 20-May 21, posting a .470 on-base percentage in that span…Selected to play for the World Team in the Sirius-XM All-Star Future's Game at Citi Field in New York; started at third base and batted fourth, going 0-for-2 with a walk…Named Florida State League Midseason All-Star; did not play due to promotion to Double-A New Britain June 10…Ranked third best prospect in baseball at Midseason by Baseball America, behind Minnesota's Byron Buxton and St. Louis' Oscar Taveras…Named Eastern League Player of the Week August 12, hitting .417 (10-for-24) with four doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and five runs scored in six games for the Rock Cats…Hit nine home runs and recorded 23 RBI in 25 August games…Recorded four multi-homer games, all coming after June 8, one with the Ft. Myers and three with New Britain…Combined to hit .280 (123-for-439) with 30 doubles, five triples, 35 home runs, 103 RBI, 86 runs scored, 65 walks and 11 stolen bases in 123 games between both levels…Ranked third among all minor leaguers in home runs (35), second in slugging percentage (.610) and OPS (.992), tied for second in extra-base hits (70), sixth in total bases (268), and tied for seventh in RBI (103)…His 35 home runs were tied for sixth most ever for a Twins minor leaguer (since '61) and most since Stan Holmes hit 37 for Single-A Visalia in 1983…Named third baseman on MiLB.com Twins organizational All-Star team…Named High Class-A Player of the Year, Minor league All-Star and High Class-A All-Star by Baseball America…Ranked second best prospect and best power hitter in the Twins system by Baseball America entering 2014.
Spent season with Single-A Beloit...hit first career grand slam April 6 vs. Peoria...named Twins minor league Player of the Month for April, hitting .276 (24-for-87) with five doubles, six home runs, 21 RBI and 17 runs scored...named Twins minor league Player of the Week May 4, hitting .500 (10-for-20) with two home runs and nine RBI...named Midwest League Player of the Week August 20...named Midwest League All-Star Game selection...led Midwest League in home runs (28), RBI (100) and total bases (238), and second in walks (80)...Midwest League Prospect of the Year...Midwest League Mid- and Postseason All-Star...Baseball America Second-Team minor league All-Star...Baseball America Low Class-A All-Star...ranked second best prospect in the Midwest League by Baseball America...named third baseman on MiLB.com's Twins organizational All-Star team...named top prospect in Twins organization by Baseball America entering 2013, ninth best prospect in baseball by Baseball America and 12th best in baseball by MLB.com...recipient of Sherry Robertson Award as Twins minor league Player of the Year.
Spent season with Rookie Elizabethton...went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a home run June 28 vs. Johnson City...named Twins minor league Player of the Week July 8...recorded first career multi-homer game July 19 vs. Bristol (3 on the season)...hit .351 (27-for-77) with seven doubles, 10 home runs and 30 RBI in final 18 games August 12-30...Appalachian League Player of the Week August 1-7 and August 29-September 5...named Appalachian League Postseason All-Star and Baseball America rookie All-Star...ranked top prospect in Appalachian League by Baseball America...named top prospect in Twins organization by Baseball America entering 2012; 18th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, and 23rd best prospect in baseball by MLB.com...named to MiLB.com's 2011 Twins organizational All-Star team.
Began professional career with DSL Twins...homered in first career at-bat, hitting a solo home run in the first inning vs. DSL White Sox...named Twins minor league Player of the Week August 27...led team in average (.344), on-base percentage (.463) and slugging percentage (.547)...transferred to GCL Twins July 5...finished second on club in doubles (14) and slugging percentage (.466)...ranked second best prospect in Gulf Coast League by Baseball America...ranked third best prospect and best power hitter in the Twins organization by Baseball America...ranked 60th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America entering 2011...named to MiLB.com's Twins organizational All-Star team.
Ranked as the Twins fourth best prospect and 94th best in baseball by Baseball America entering the 2010 season.