With two months completed in the regular season, the Minnesota Twins continue to search for a solid win streak and a consistent record above the .500 mark. With much of the season still left to play, there are three prospects that could make an impact in the lineup this year if they were to make an appearance.
Byron Buxton, OF
Prior to the 2014 season, Buxton was named the No. 1 prospect in all of Major League baseball by MLB.com. In the past two seasons combined with the Class A Advanced Fort Meyers Miracle, Buxton has played in 62 games and has a .311/.396/.462 average. In that time, Buxton has hit five doubles, eight triples, five home runs and has brought home 24 RBI. During spring training, Buxton was called up to play for the Twins, but injured his wrist while diving for a ball. He was then sent back to Fort Meyers and was reactivated on May 4. However, Buxton has reinjured his wrist and is back on the disable list. Once Buxton recovers and starts to produce again as expected, then I’m sure he’ll be making another appearance in the Twins line up by next year, if not later this season.
Miguel Sano, 3B
From the Dominican Republic, Sano is a power hitter who first began his baseball career with the Elizabethton Twins in the Minor’s Appalachian League. As the No. 2 ranked prospect for the Twins, Sano has since been promoted to the Class AA New Britain Rock Cats in 2013, where he hit 35 home runs and compiled 103 RBIs. His power has been ranked to be above average by MLB.com, but his running and fielding have been ranked to be below average. There has been speculation that Sano may switch to first base at some point to see if his fielding will improve, but that remains to be seen.
Like Buxton, Sano was invited to the Twins’ spring training prior to this season. However, Sano tore a ligament in his elbow that would require Tommy John surgery and force him to sit out the 2014 season. But, once he returns to the field and to his old hitting power, Sano could be a real asset to the Twins lineup and add a few runs to the scoreboard and help the Twins to a better record.
Alex Meyer, RHP
Combined, the Twins pitching staff has a 25-28 record, and has been the biggest concern throughout the season. Alex Meyer is the third-ranked and topmost pitching prospect for the Twins, and currently has a 3-1 record with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. With a 3.31 ERA over 51.2 innings of work in 10 games, Meyer has struck out 62 batters, walked 26 and has only given up three home runs on 40 hits. With a fastball that hits the mid to upper 90’s and combined with a slider and a changeup, Meyer could be a real threat to opposing teams if he were to get called up to the Major Leagues. Currently, Phil Hughes is the only starting pitcher in the Twins roster who has a winning record. With that said, Meyer shouldn’t have a problem finding a place among the pitching roster if his talents were needed and if he can perform at the same level.
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