Oct. 14, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron 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. Byron Buxton, CF
By Law’s standards, Buxton ranks as the second best prospect in the game of baseball, behind only Chicago Cubs Kris Bryant. Much like Sano, Buxton dealt with injuries throughout the 2014 campaign and had mostly a wasted year. With Torii Hunter in the fold for the Twins, one of Buxton’s new principles will be in learning how to stay healthy and play within himself from the veteran.
There is no doubt that Buxton is virtually major league ready. His defense would be an welcomed addition to the Twins outfield and the expanse that is Target Field. On the offensive side, his speed is unparalleled and his bat should play just fine. Looking for Buxton to debut in 2015, it should happen sometime in the late summer, with September being a worst case scenario.
As far as the analysis Keith Law provided in looking at the Twins organization, he took some time to break down how he sees the 2015 season shaking out for some prospects in saying:
"Meyer should make the Twins’ rotation this year; May could get some spot starts or help in relief. Sano and Buxton should surface later in the year as long as their health permits it. Reed or Burdi could race to the majors if the Twins are willing to be aggressive in their first full years in the minors."
Looking back at the season and jump we saw from Jose Berrios in 2014, it’s always exciting to wonder who could be that player this year. Keith Law shares his ideas in saying:
"I don’t usually like to repeat guys as sleepers, but Lewis Thorpe seems about ready to make that leap this year after falling just a little short in 2014. He improved his conditioning for 2014, showed better control, and has three pitches that are or project as plus. He should crack the top 100 next year with a full season in Fort Myers."
It’s very easy to see the Twins have plenty of talent on the farm, and there is good reason for optimism surrounding the big league club. As the turnaround happens for the organization, it will be on the backs of these prospects.
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