Despite dropping a 5-3 decision to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins did receive some good news on Wednesday when the list of participants for the Futures game was released and two of the team’s top prospects were included in Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. Having both Buxton and Sano make the roster should come as no surprise as each is one of the top overall prospects in all of baseball; but nonetheless, it is a great honor to be selected for such an event.
Sano was selected for the World team—since he is from the Dominican Republic—and Buxton was selected to play on the United States Team. Each team is comprised of 25 players that are selected by Baseball America. According to USA Today, since its beginning 15 years ago, ninety-nine players who have competed in the Futures game have gone on to make an All-Star appearance in the majors and 233 players who played in the Futures game are now in the big leagues.
Buxton and Sano certainly have lived up to expectations in 2013 and their appearance in the Futures game will be closely followed by many fans and executives around the Twins’ organization who are anxiously awaiting their arrival at the majors. For the year, Buxton—who was promoted to high Class-A Ft. Myers on Sunday—was hitting .341 with 15 doubles, ten triples and eight HR and 55 RBI from the leadoff spot while also stealing 32 bases. Since his promotion, Buxton is 1-5 with one RBI and one strikeout. Sano, on the other hand, was promoted to Double-A two weeks ago, but was hitting .330 with 15 doubles, 16 HR and 48 RBI on the year. During his time at Double-A, Sano is hitting .191 with 3 HR and 10 RBI over 15 games.
Buxton and Sano will become the latest in a line of Twins to compete in the Futures game as the team was represented by outfielder Oswaldo Arcia last season. During his appearance at the Futures game, Arcia went 1-2 with a double and one RBI. If you look up and down the roster from last year’s Futures game, you see a lot of everyday players on it or players who are at the cusp of making it to the majors. This is the point of the game, to feature the best young talent the game of baseball has to offer, and it is an exciting time for these youngsters who finally get the attention and opportunity to showcase their skills on a national scene compared to the more localized crowd they normally play for on a game-to-game basis.
While it may not get the hype that the big-league All-Star game will get, I would highly recommend tuning into the Futures game if you get the chance. Not only will you get to see some of the best young talent in baseball, but you’ll also get to see two of the brightest Twins’ prospects to ever come through the minors; let me tell you, they are as good as advertised.