Despite low expectations for the Minnesota Twins’ 2013 season, fans discovered there’s some reason to be optimistic after MLB.com released their annual ‘Top 100 Prospects List’. The Twins are proud owners of six players in the top 100 list including slugging third baseman Miguel Sano coming in at number 12.
Sano is only 19-years old and absolutely raked last year in A Beloit. In 128 games, the third baseman knocked in 100 runs while hitting 28 homers. Scouts who have seen Sano play suggest his power potential is through the roof. While he’s still very young, Twins’ fans should check in on Sano from time to time. Hopefully we’ll see him at Target Field in the next few years.
The next highest ranking Twin was another 19-year old: The Twins 2012 first round draft pick, Bryan Buxton. Buxton posted a modest .248/.344/.448 split with flashes of power. But the Twins believe he could be a five-tool outfielder–which will be a huge asset down the road for a team that traded away Denard Span and Ben Revere this offseason.
One of the newest faces in the organization is 23-year old Alex Meyer who was acquired via the Denard Span trade. Apparently, the kid throws absolute smoke with a fastball in the high 90s and a power slider that clocks in around 88 mph. He posted a 2.68 ERA in high A ball last year and struck out 139 in 129 innings of work. The Twins hope Meyer will be a front-end starter in just a few years.
Kyle Gibson, Oswaldo Arcia, and Aaron Hicks round out the Twins prospects ranking in at 49, 93 and 98 respectively. Gibson was on the cusp of the big leagues before he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011. Fully healthy, he’ll make a push to find a spot in the starting rotation out of camp. Arcia was the Twins’ minor league player of the year in 2012. The 21-year old right fielder had a breakout year in posting a 320/.388/.539 line in 2012. He is slated to start the year in AAA and it’s not out of the question that we would see him in a Twins uniform by the end of 2012.
Hicks has been knocking around the minors for a few years now. After a few setbacks, he responded with a strong campaign in 2012, and will go into camp in the thick of the starting center fielder competition.
Regardless of how 2013 turns out for the Twins, there seems to be plenty of reason to be optimistic. With a strong core at the MLB level and plenty of prospects in the farm system, the Twins will look to escape the basement of the AL Central, sooner than later.
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