Prospect Primer: Lord Byron is Heating Up
It’s time for the first weekly prospect primer here on “The Pond”. Every Sunday we will take a look at how the Minnesota Twins top four prospects are doing.
1. Byron Buxton is regarded by many to be the top prospect in baseball. He got off to a slow start with the Twins Double-A team, the Chattanooga Lookouts. Buxton is hitting .262 with three home runs and 19 RBIs. He has been good with runners in scoring position, hitting .290. The month of May has been good for Buxton. He is hitting .314 with two doubles, four triples and one home run. Buxton’s only home run this month was a game-winning shot. Entering today, Buxton was hitting .338 with a pair of doubles, five triples and a home run in his last ten games. He has driven in at least one run in eight straight games.
2. Miguel Sano is a power hitting third baseman. Sano, like Buxton got off to a very slow start for the Lookouts. He’s starting to knock the rust off though. In the past ten games he’s hitting .265 with three home runs and five RBIs. Sano, likely will be in the minors longer than Buxton but, for a team that lacks a true cleanup hitter, Sano’s power will be a welcome site to the Twins lineup.
3. Alex Meyer has been battling command and confidence issues in Triple-A. He is 2-2 with a 7.66 earned run average. In his last outing, Meyer lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits. Meyer needs to regain control of his command before he see’s the majors. Barring an injury to one of the Twins starting pitchers, don’t expect to see Meyer with the big league club anytime soon.
4. Jose Berrios has been solid for the Lookouts. He is 3-1 with a 3.25 earned run average. He has 45 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. Berrios had his best outing in his last start, going eight innings and giving up two runs on three hits. He has struck out eight or more batters in four of his six starts. With the way Berrios is pitching, it’s very possible he could get his first big league start before Meyer.
Thanks for reading. Check back in next week to see how the Twins top prospects are doing.
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