Minnesota Twins Dominate Minor Leagues With Four All-Stars

By Caroline Ponessa
Miguel Sano
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins‘ farm system again proves its worth by landing four talented prospects onto Baseball America’s 2013 Minor League All-Star Team.

The roster includes current call-ups in catcher Josmil Pinto and first baseman Chris Colabello, in addition to phenoms Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.

The Twins are highly represented on this year’s list, the next highest contributor being the Chicago White Sox who have two all-stars.

Having four players on the list bodes well for the Twins’ future, seeing as many of Baseball America’s former minor league All-Stars have become major league All-Stars.

Pinto, Colabello, Buxton and Sano have now joined the likes of Buster Posey, Prince Fielder, Mike Trout and Derek Jeter (among numerous others).

Pinto and Colabello made their MLB debuts in the 2013 season and showed promise on the big stage.

Pinto has maintained a .360 batting average and .580 slugging percentage through 14 games with the Twins. Due to Joe Mauer‘s position on the disabled list, Pinto has also been tested behind the plate.

Colabello has played in 51 games for the Twins in the 2013 season, becoming a regular when Justin Morneau was traded in August. Colabello was named the International League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year for his success with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, and will be looking to find similar success in his future seasons in Minnesota.

Buxton and Sano remain to be the most anticipated prospects Minnesota’s farm system has had in years. With Buxton currently ranked No. 1 and Sano ranked No. 3 in the MLB’s Top 100 Prospects, the Twins are fostering some unbelievable talent in the minors.

Both Buxton and Sano are anticipated to have their major league debuts in 2015, and the Twins would be wise not to rush their development. Patience is a virtue, and when the time is right, Buxton and Sano will be primed for success on the big stage.

As a whole, the Twins’ farm system situated themselves fourth in overall organization rankings, tied with the New York Mets and falling behind the Houston Astros (1), San Francisco Giants (2) and Washington Nationals (3). Not bad for a team in desperate need of some fresh talent.

Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @RantCaroline.

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