SANO THROUGH THE YEARS

 

Winter 2007-08: Catches the eyes of Twins scouts in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, at age 14.

 

July 2, 2009: First opportunity, at the required age of 16, to sign with a major league team. However, he does not sign because an MLB investigation into his age and identity was not concluded.

 

Oct. 9, 2009: Signs with the Twins for $3.15 million, the largest international signing bonus in team history.

 

May 29, 2010: Hits a home run in his first professional at-bat for the Dominican Summer League Twins.

 

2012: Leads the Class A Midwest League in home runs, RBI and total bases and is ranked ninth-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.

 

2013: Finishes third among all minor league players with 35 home runs — the sixth-highest total ever by a Twins minor leaguer.

 

March 12, 2014: Undergoes season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

 

July 2, 2015: Makes his major league debut in Kansas City at age 22, going 1-for-4 with a single.

 

Nov. 16, 2015: Finishes third in AL Rookie of the Year voting after hitting 18 home runs with 52 RBI in 80 games (primarily as a DH).

 

Winter 2015-16: Penciled in as the new Twins right fielder.