By JESSE TEMPLE
BELOIT, Wis. So much pure, raw, God-given talent radiates from Miguel Sano's powerful body on the baseball diamond that it's understandably difficult for casual observers to focus their eyes anywhere else, even hours before game time.
As he whips throws across the field from third base in the afternoon sunlight and later bombs baseballs over the fence during batting practice with ease, it quickly becomes apparent that this gift is something special. He is the sort of wunderkind that comes along so seldom that the Minnesota Twins committed a 3 million signing bonus to him as a 16-year-old in the Dominican Republic.
For now, he is in between stops, a 19-year-old climbing the major league ladder with the Beloit Snappers, a Single-A Twins affiliate in the Midwest League. Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America rate Sano as the Twins' top farm system prospect. It is clear he won't be in Beloit past this season.