"I feel really happy, not for the single, but for my team winning tonight," Sano said, per MLB.com. "It's my goal to try to win a lot of games this year."
Sano hit .254 with a .353 on-base percentage, .483 slugging percentage and .836 OPS in 201 at-bats against righties in Double-A this season. He also had one triple, 14 doubles, 10 home runs, 38 RBI, 40 runs, 30 walks and 60 strikeouts against right-handers.
Sano has been considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America since 2010, making it as high as No. 6 in 2014. MLB.com has had Sano among the top 100 prospects since 2012, ranking him as high as No. 4 in '14. Coming into 2015, Baseball America had Sano ranked 13th, while MLB.com had him ranked 11th.
The 22-year-old prospect, who missed the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, has a career .278/.373/.564/.937 slash line in 445 games in the minors. He has totaled 105 home runs.
Sano, 22, was ranked the 13th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America prior to the season. He has yet to play above the Double-A level, but he has been excelling with Chattanooga this season.
He owns a slash line of .274/.374/.544 with 15 home runs, 18 doubles and 48 RBI in 66 games with the Lookouts. However, he has also committed 15 errors at third base this year.
The team has not yet confirmed if Sano will be promoted.
"Every day that goes by he's closer to getting here, whether it's in a couple weeks or September," Molitor said.
Molitor was also asked if Sano might end up in left field.
"He moves better than people think he does once he gets going," Molitor said. "It's a big body to get moving; we all know that. I think he's athletic enough to where that wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility."
Following a poor start to the season, Sano has been on a roll offensively since early May. The top-100 prospect, who missed the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, has a .320/.582/.981 slash line in his last 33 games for Double-A Chattanooga. He has one triple, seven home runs, nine doubles and 26 RBI in that span.
"We've been looking for him to get consistency," Molitor said. "We talk to the people down there about his at-bats, what he's doing well, what's he's not doing so well and what will get exposed up here and what won't.
"It's nice to see that he's trending into playing better. Everything from defensively to his at-bats are things that we're monitoring pretty closely."
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