• Sano and Buxton will represent Twins at Futures Game

    This afternoon, MLB announced the rosters of the Futures Game, which will be played on July 14th, two days before the All-Star Game in New York. The Twins will have one player on the World team and one player on the USA team. It likely will come as no surprise that Miguel Sano (Dominican Republic) will be playing on the World team and Byron Buxton (Georgia, USA) will play for the US team.

    Last year, Oswaldo Arcia was the lone Twins representative. He hit a double in the game against Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon.

    Buxton, the Twins' first overall pick in 2012 out of high school, was promoted to Ft. Myers on Sunday after hitting .341/.431/.559 (.990) with 15 doubles, ten triples and eight homers in Cedar Rapids. He drove in 55 runs from the leadoff spot and scored 68 runs. He also stole 32 bases.

    photo by Jim Crikket

    Sano, the highly-touted Dominican third baseman, hit .330/.424/.655 (1.079) with 15 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 48 RBI with the Miracle before being promoted to New Britain two weeks ago. He has now hit three home runs (and has three triples) in seven games with the Rock Cats.

    Buxton and Sano are consensus number one prospects in all of baseball and good representatives of the organization.

    In other All Star news today, the Eastern League announced its all-stars that will play in New Britain in mid-July. Catcher Josmil Pinto, outfielder Danny Ortiz, shortstop Danny Santana, reliever AJ Achter and starting pitcher Trevor May were named to the roster.

    This comes after the Cedar Rapids Kernels and Ft. Myers Miracle each sent nearly double-figure players to the Midwest League and Florida State League All-Star games, respectively.

    The future sure looks bright!
    This article was originally published in blog: Sano and Buxton will represent Twins at Futures Game started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Kwak's Avatar
      Kwak -
      I assume you mean July 14 not June 14.
    1. Pius Jefferson's Avatar
      Pius Jefferson -
      Pretty much a given that those two would represent the organization in the Futures Game.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I woudln't say that at all... The Twins typically have not had a player in their first full season play in the game. Sano didn't last year. Gibson didn't in 2010. it's not a formal thing, but it has been pretty typical in the past. But, when it comes to star-power, this is a nice group.
    1. Gernzy's Avatar
      Gernzy -
      Grats to them both! I'll definatly have to watch the game this year.
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      J.J. Cooper over at BA did a Futures Game Roster Chat and he gave the Twins A LOT of love:


      • JJ, if we said in 5 years, the best hitter and pitcher in baseball will be participating in this years futures game, who would you be betting on? For fun, you can bet on more than 1 at each position...

      J.J. Cooper: If you follow me on Twitter (@jjcoop36) I think you would be stunned if I answered anyone other than Byron Buxton for the hitter. As far as pitcher, I’d go with Archie Bradley.


      • Who are you most excited to see play?

      J.J. Cooper: Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. Buxton because he seems to something amazing about every other game he plays. Sano because I expect his batting practice may cause problems for jets in the landing pattern at nearby LaGuardia.


      • Is Puerto Rico considered part of the US or World?Eddie Rosario any consideration to be a second baseman at the futures game?

      J.J. Cooper: For Futures Game purposes it’s part of the World Team, which makes sense when you consider that Puerto Rico fields its own team in the World Baseball Classic. Rosario would have been a very good fit at second base, but I’m glad he’s not there. Nothing against Rosario, but only two Twins can go and I can’t wait to see Buxton and Sano.


      • J.J., big fan of your work. I know this may be a touchy subject, but I kind of am weary of the comps to Buxton. Everyone that I read has him compared to McCutchen, B.J. Upton, Justin Upton, or Matt Kemp. Of course, I could be wrong and those are the most apt comparisons for him, but I can't help but think something is a little off there. Thanks for the chat J.J.

      J.J. Cooper: Michael, our feature on Buxton will be going up at Baseball America tomorrow. We don’t comp him to any of those guys, but we do ask scouts to compare him to Mike Trout, since Trout was the last Cedar Rapids outfielder to play similarly to this. I can see McCutchen comps and I’ve heard that, but as far as his style of play, neither Upton fits, as Buxton’s approach is WAY more advanced at the plate at a similar age.


      • What are the latest reports on defense for Maikel Franco and Miguel Sano? Who's more likely to stick at 3B?

      J.J. Cooper: I’ve gotten pretty decent reports on Sano sticking at third base from scouts who’ve seen him this year. I think he’s more likely to play third base for a couple of years in the big leagues than not.

      If you can't tell J.J. Cooper sort of likes Buxton.



    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      JJ Cooper was at a Cedar Rapids game and tweeted "Just watched Buxton play. I need a cigarette and I don't smoke."

      So yes, he is a little bit of a fan.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      I will be at the Twins games @ Yankee Stadium that Fri and Sat and the futures game on that Sunday. I was thinking about getting tix behind the plate, but with Buxton roving CF I might just have to get CF seats to see him up close and in person for more than just a couple at bats.

      Anyone else going?
    1. symbaton's Avatar
      symbaton -
      I just got tickets, section 108. Finally being a Twins fan on the East Coast pays off!
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Yea, I'm in Sec. 113 for the futures game. Can't wait.
    1. Pius Jefferson's Avatar
      Pius Jefferson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I woudln't say that at all... The Twins typically have not had a player in their first full season play in the game. Sano didn't last year. Gibson didn't in 2010. it's not a formal thing, but it has been pretty typical in the past. But, when it comes to star-power, this is a nice group.
      They also haven't a first year player like Byron Buxton. He's been so great this year, that to me it seemed obvious he was going to be selected.
    1. Red Bull's Avatar
      Red Bull -
      What channel will this be on?
    1. amjgt's Avatar
      amjgt -
      From this ESPN Insider article: Breaking down Futures Game rosters - ESPN

      Keith Law didn't talk much about the specifics on all the players, only to say Buxton and Sano were obvious choices.

      At the end he did drop this little nugget though...

      Minnesota's Max Kepler probably makes this game next year as the first German-born participant; he's played only five games this year, all in the past week, after missing two-plus months with an elbow injury; the Twins also have two top-10 prospects in Buxton and Miguel Sano, both of whom belong here over Kepler on merit. They probably also kept Puerto Rican second baseman Eddie Rosario off the roster.
    1. Monkeypaws's Avatar
      Monkeypaws -
      This article will make you very happy, as Passan lists his top 25 prospects in the Future's Game:

      Y! SPORTS
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      Quote Originally Posted by amjgt View Post
      From this ESPN Insider article: Breaking down Futures Game rosters - ESPN

      Keith Law didn't talk much about the specifics on all the players, only to say Buxton and Sano were obvious choices.

      At the end he did drop this little nugget though...

      Minnesota's Max Kepler probably makes this game next year as the first German-born participant; he's played only five games this year, all in the past week, after missing two-plus months with an elbow injury; the Twins also have two top-10 prospects in Buxton and Miguel Sano, both of whom belong here over Kepler on merit. They probably also kept Puerto Rican second baseman Eddie Rosario off the roster.
      And, next year's game will be here, so I believe the Twins can have a third player in the game. Kepler, Berrios and Buxton again, perhaps?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brad Swanson View Post
      And, next year's game will be here, so I believe the Twins can have a third player in the game. Kepler, Berrios and Buxton again, perhaps?
      Or Kohl Stewart?
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brad Swanson View Post
      And, next year's game will be here, so I believe the Twins can have a third player in the game. Kepler, Berrios and Buxton again, perhaps?
      Don't make any reservations for Buxton. A year from now he could be an All-Star in MLB. I am not saying that will happen by any measure, but the Twins should have an OF opening come next season. Stranger things have happened.
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