The Minnesota Twins aren’t making much noise this season. They are third place in the AL Central, but with a record of 29-36. However, they made plenty of noise Thursday afternoon by demoting Miguel Sanó to Single-A Fort Myers. Per ESPN, manager Paul Molitor just wants him to get his confidence back.
“We’re going to get him down there and give him an opportunity to get things back on track. We don’t feel like we’re getting what we need from him, and he’s going to have to get down there and get to work.”
Sanó is coming off an All-Star season in 2017, slashing .264/.352/.507 with 28 home runs. But this season has been entirely different. Sanó is struggling mightily, slashing just .203/.270/.405 with seven home runs. Now he goes down to Single-A to get back on track. At 25 years old, this could just be a bump in the road. And right now, there’s no reason to think otherwise. Over parts of four seasons, Sanó is slashing .248/.339/.485 with 78 home runs. But he does have a pattern of alternating good and bad seasons thus far. His 80-game stint in 2015 went great; 2016, not so much. Last season? Pretty good! This season? The exact opposite of that.
Joe Mauer, who hasn’t played since May 19, is coming off the DL tomorrow. And as for the demotion, Sanó is taking things rather well.
“I’m not mad. I’m happy, because I know I’m struggling, and [Molitor] gave me an opportunity. There’s no reason I can get mad.”
In the meantime, the Twins are six games out of first place in the AL Central. They’ve lost six out of their last 10 while Cleveland is starting to surge. In other words, the Twins need Sanó back in order to have a chance. And even then, it’s probably not going to be enough.