The Twins dropped two of three in Washington over the weekend, widening their deficit in the AL Central to 7.5 games. For the big-league club, things are looking rather grim.
That was to be expected, however, and fortunately things are considerably brighter down on the farm, which is where fans should be focusing their attention for signs of positivity this year.
Immediately after slugging his 15th and 16th homers of the season for Ft. Myers on Sunday, Miguel Sano received his much anticipated promotion to New Britain. The top prospect had made a mockery of the Florida State League, and will now take his talents to Double-A, where at age 20 he'll become one of the level's youngest players. If he continues to excel, there's a reasonable chance that Sano could join the Twins as a September call-up later this year.
Headed to New Britain along with Sano are Eddie Rosario and Angel Morales. Rosario was ranked by Twins Daily as the organization's No. 7 prospect prior to the season and was hitting .329 for the Miracle while flashing solid defense at second base. Morales, a once highly regarded outfield prospect who's been derailed by injuries and other issues, was enjoying a productive season in Ft. Myers and now has a chance to put himself back on the major-league track at age 23.
Another advancement that didn't generate quite the same amount of buzz was James Beresford's promotion to Triple-A. The 24-year-old infielder had been batting .323 for New Britain and now joins a Rochester club hurting for production at second base. By no means is Beresford a great prospect, but he's got a good glove and has shown the ability to get on base at a solid clip. The Australian is now just one step away from the Twins, who have gotten an abysmal .610 OPS from their second basemen this year.
Just another reminder that, even though things have looked plenty ugly at times for the Twins, help is on the way.
What are your thoughts on these promotions? And who would you like to see moved up next? (I think I can guess one name...)