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Miguel Sano expects high HR total

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The Minnesota Twins have high hopes for Miguel Sano, who evidently has high expectations of himself as well.

Sano, one of baseball's top power-hitting prospects and Minnesota's third baseman of the future, recently said he expects to hit anywhere from 45 to 55 home runs this season.

Miguel Sano
Miguel Sano, considered one of baseball's elite prospects, hit 35 home runs in 123 minor-league games last season.

The 20-year-old Sano hit 35 homers in just 123 minor league games in 2013 despite battling an injured right elbow for much of the season. The slugger told the (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune that he thinks his homer total will rise with an increased number of games.

"I hit 45 this year. More games," Sano said Saturday, according to the Star-Tribune. "Maybe 55, you never know."

The 243-pound Sano underwent a physical exam Friday at Target Field, and no structural damage was found in his elbow.

Sano, who posted a .382 on-base percentage last season, also thinks he can increase his walk total this season, especially after working with All-Star Joe Mauer during spring training.

"Hundred and 20 [walks]," Sano said, according to the Tribune. "Maybe 150."

Sano, who will attempt to make the Twins' Opening Day roster this year, recently was rated as baseball's No. 4 overall prospect by MLB.com.