Behind The Breakout: Miguel Sano
Greg Jewett dissects breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
Breakouts do not come in the same sizes or forms, but with the season winding down it’s important to identify potential bargains in upcoming drafts. Miguel Sanó represents one of these profiles to file away for future profit. Yes, he’s been injury-riddled, flashed power upside previously and disappointed plenty of owners in the past. However, under the guidance of Nelson Cruz , Sano’s blossomed this year. He’s only appeared in 81 games for Minnesota with 26 home runs and 57 RBI in them.
On the season, he owns a 12.8 walk percentage and 35 percent strikeout rate, but this will be addressed later in the column. Sano also boasts a robust .332 isolated power this year, over 100 points higher than his career number. Keeping in mind the hitter-friendly environment of 2019, it’s still a notable increase. He’s reduced his swings and misses at pitches outside the strike zone to 27.3 percent and slightly cut down on his swinging strike rate.
Of Sano’s 72 hits this year, 44 resulted...