This is the second consecutive Spring Training which will feature the top 2 Twins prospects. Spending the last several seasons in the Twins minor league system, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano are ready to show the nation that they are ready for the big leagues. This is the perfect year for the Twins to promote these eager players to MLB and show fans what to expect in the future. Fans have been hearing about Buxton and Sano for years now, but are wondering why they are still at the Double-A level if they are so good.
Buxton, who was drafted 2nd overall in the 2012 MLB Draft, was recently named the #1 prospect for 2015 by the MLB Network. Before an injury-riddled 2014 season, Buxton batted .334 with 77 RBIs and 12 home runs at both A and AA in 2013. The center fielder also had 163 singles and had a slugging percentage of .520 during that same season. Buxton has played three seasons at the lower levels, recording a .300 batting average with 21 home runs. Last year, Buxton played in just 31 games due to a concussion and a wrist injury; therefore, he underperformed.
Sano, who signed with the Twins in 2009, was named #11 on the same prospect list. Sano missed the entire 2014 season after tearing his elbow just a couple of games into Spring Training, requiring Tommy John surgery. The muscular third baseman had a successful recovery and is ready to show off his skills again. During Sano’s four minor league seasons prior to 2014, he batted .373, slugged 90 home runs, and had 291 RBIs. Sano also had a slugging percentage of .567 over those years. After taking a year off, Sano is hoping to regain his strength and join the Twins at some point this season.
Both Buxton’s and Sano’s 2015 journeys are about to start, as they are scheduled to play in Wednesday’s game against, yes, the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Florida. These stars should get considerable playing time this spring, and if they have a bright month, I can’t see how the Twins can keep Buxton and Sano in the minors much longer. Fans are desperate for change, and Buxton’s and Sano’s promotions would be one great leap of change!
Written by: Michael L. Sack