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Sano homers twice in Miracle twinbill05/21/2013 6:22 PM ET
By Danny Wild / MLB.com
Miguel Sano continued to pen his own script on Tuesday, adding another scene with a pair of swings.
The Twins' top prospect homered in both ends of a doubleheader on Tuesday, taking over a share of the Minor League lead as the Fort Myers Miracle split a twinbill at Lakeland. The subject of an ongoing documentary, The Miguel Sanó Story, follows the youngest player in the Florida State League in his journey toward Minnesota.
Sano's one-out solo shot in the third inning off Flying Tigers starter Wilsen Palacios set the tone for a 5-3 Miracle win in Game 1 before the infielder added his 13th roundtripper of the season in the first frame of the nightcap, a two-out drive off Kyle Ryan in Fort Myers' 3-2 loss.
"Miguel looks very comfortable doing what he is doing," Fort Myers manager Doug Mientkiewicz told ESPN.com earlier this month. "[He's] more mature and each day closer to being ready for the big leagues. We are talking about a very young man but one that has a lot of pride and never settles on doing things halfway."
Sano, the No. 12 prospect in baseball, has homered three times in his last five games and trails only Justin Upton's Major League-leading 14 homers in pro ball. He's tied with Double-A Corpus Christi's George Springer and Hickory's Ryan Rua for the Minor League lead.
The Dominican third baseman, who turned 20 on May 11, is lighting up the Florida State League in his first season with Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Besides sharing the Minor League lead in homers, he ranks second in total bases, third in slugging percentage and runs, fourth in extra-base hits and fifth in OPS.
The star of his own documentary isn't phased by the attention or early success. He already appeared in the 2011 doc Ballplayer: Pelotero, a controversial film produced by Bobby Valentine.
"I feel happy," Sano told ESPN. "Having a movie is something that makes you feel good. The second one will be better than the first one. That will not affect me. I keep a clear mind, focusing on the important things."
Sano finished 2-for-3 with a walk in the first game and went 1-for-3 in the second contest. Considered to be one of the best power-hitting prospects in baseball, Sano's home run numbers in his first four seasons stack up pretty well: signed by Minnesota as a free agent in 2009, Sano has smacked 68 home runs in 1,087 at-bats over 298 Minor League games, which equates to one homer every 4.4 games and once every 16 at-bats.
Progress like that has Sano on track for the Twins' infield in the near future. He hopes it's this summer, in fact.
"I hope to be in the big leagues by the end of the year," he said. "I'm working on that. If it's not this year, it will be at the start of next year. I believe that I deserve the chance. I have the skills and potential."