It is not surprising the Minnesota Twins are in the cellar of the American League Central, because they are a team with a minor league system ready to explode. It starts with MLB‘s best prospect in Byron Buxton. Buxton is likely out for the remainder of this season, but one of the Twins other prospects is already up and contributing in a major-league way.
The Twins earned a split of the four-game set against the Detroit Tigers after falling 13-4 at Target Field on Sunday. Torii Hunter and Victor Martinez both drive in four runs as the Tigers’ offense finally woke up. Recently called up Twins prospect Kennys Vargas was pounding the ball all over the place. Vargas went 3-for-5 on Sunday and finished the weekend with eight hits, four runs and six RBIs. The Twins’ offense was clearly ignited by Vargas.
Vargas made his MLB debut on Aug. 1 and has not disappointed in the least. Vargas leads the team in RBI (23) since being promoted, and at 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, he fills the role as top-of-the-lineup power hitter the Twins have lacked since Justin Morneau‘s MVP season. Vargas is exactly what any team would want in a slugger. He is currently hitting .337 with four homers and an OBP of .369
The Twins will likely become serious contenders in the next few seasons when all of their young talent is promoted. However, with just slightly more than a month remaining in this season, Twins fans can come to the ballpark and watch Vargas hammer the ball out of the stadium to make the Twins a team playoff contenders do not want to face.