Miguel Sano Claims He Lost 58 Pounds to Play Baseball Again… and He’s Still Not Light

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Miguel Sano was once one of the hottest prospects in the Minnesota Twins system. When he and Byron Buxton were both at peak minor league hype, they were both ranked in the top-10 of all Major League Baseball prospects.

But late in his career with the Twins, Miguel Sano struggled to be anything near that consistent middle of the order bat that we all expected him to be while he was crushing minor league pitchers as a young 20-something- stud with unlimited potential.

He struggled with injuries and his poor eating habits only made his comeback from those injuries more difficult. Throughout his time in the big leagues, fans, media members and Twins executives have questioned Sano’s desire to be a great baseball player.

Sano says that has all changed, though. He batted in the middle of the order for a really good Estrellas Dominican winter league team, which was stacked with MLB-level talent, and he claims to have a new appreciation for the game of baseball.

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Miguel Sano lost how much weight?

He was signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (or whatever they are called now) as a Spring Training non-roster invite and he’s ready to earn his way back into the MLB. To prove his dedication, Miguel revealed to Angels reporters this weekend that he lost 58 pounds in order to get back into baseball shape.

TEMPE, Ariz. — Every Spring Training there’s always the running joke about which player came to camp in the best shape of his life. But for Angels infielder Miguel Sanó, it doesn’t seem like much of an exaggeration. Sanó arrived at Angels camp on Sunday after dealing with some visa issues in his native Dominican Republic and said he’s lost 58 pounds.

“It was very important,” Sanó said through an interpreter. “I wanted to feel better and lighter. And that will lead to a better performance on the field.”

Rhett Bollinger – MLB.com

Wait… so that means he was up to what?

That’s a lot of weight to lose, no matter who you are. But when you look at Sano’s weight on the Angels website, where he is listed at 272 pounds, it’s even more eye-opening. I will do the math for you. If Miguel is telling the truth, his weight had ballooned all the way up to 330 pounds. Wowzers…

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Miguel’s final opportunity with the Twins expired after the 2022 season. He hit .083 in 71 at-bats that year, before completely falling off the radar for years. He was technically a free agent last season, but never got an opportunity.

His last season worth noting was in 2021, when he played in 135 games (532 AB). That summer, Miguel hit an impressive 30 homers and drove in 75 runs. But his low batting average (.223) and never ending strikeouts (183) were still a big problem.

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