Oct. 14, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Minnesota Twins outfielderByron Buxton
plays for the Salt River Rafters during an Arizona Fall League game against the Surprise Saguaros at Salt River Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
#1 CF- Byron Buxton
Widely regarded as the best prospect in all of baseball, Byron Buxton is ready to get back on track in 2015. Rounding out the top 10 lists was the outfield grouping, and there was no doubt Buxton would pace the group.
The exciting centerfielder missed a lot of time due to a nagging wrist injury, and then suffered an ugly-looking concussion late in the season. After another injury in the Arizona Fall League, Buxton was shut down for the remainder of the offseason. Heading into 2015, a focus will be staying healthy, and continuing to get reps in. Both his bat and ability appear ready for major league action.
Some of Buxton’s timetable is dependent upon what the Twins get out of Aaron Hicks, Oswaldo Arcia, and Jordan Schafer this season. Should they fail to produce, or find themselves injured, he could be in a position for an advanced promotion. At any rate, look for the top prospect to make a debut sometime at the end of 2015.
With four prospects all residing in the top 10 in all of baseball at their positions, the Twins nearly fill out half of a lineup. Considering the talent still on the major league roster, as well as the strong prospects that round out the farm system, the Twins are in a good place for years to come.
No matter when each of these players makes their eventual debut, you can bet all eyes to be on them as they continue their journey to the big leagues.
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