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    Is Byron Buxton the Top Prospect in the Twins Organization?

    The Byron Buxton hype train has been full speed ahead over the past week. I examined it and made his case as the top prospect in the organization.

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    I don't think you need to make a case for him. He IS the best prospect in the organization.

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    Yes. And I held out on him until this season. Watching video of this guy tells you all you need to know. But he is also putting up amazing stats. He just went off again tonight. This guy needs to be starting 2014 in New Britain.

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    What's his ETA to Fort Myers? Will it happen immediately after their all-star game?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
    What's his ETA to Fort Myers? Will it happen immediately after their all-star game?
    Anything else is asinine.

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    Buxton is great, but I don't think it's clear-cut that he's the best prospect in the organization. What Sano's doing in the FSL is insane. He is Babe-Ruthing that league at age 20.

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    In my opinion, having seen both of them play in the Midwest League at about the same age, Buxton's the choice. I wouldn't have said that if I hadn't seen him. Sano's incredible and obviously would be the #1 prospect in about 80% of the organizations. In my mind, it's 1a and 1b, but if I have to pick one, it'd be Buxton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
    Buxton is great, but I don't think it's clear-cut that he's the best prospect in the organization. What Sano's doing in the FSL is insane. He is Babe-Ruthing that league at age 20.
    And Buxton is Willie Mays-ing it in A-ball at 19. And there is no doubt about both his defensive ability and his ability to hit for average.

    Imagine:

    Hicks, RF
    Mauer, C
    Buxton, CF
    Sano, 1B
    Vargas, DH
    Arcia, LF
    Rosario, 2B
    Plouffe/X, 3B
    Santana/Beresford, SS

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    In Trouts first season in CR he played 81 games, so far Buxton has played 53. I calculated Buxtons stats if he stayed on the same pace through 81 games and compared them to trout.

    Trout- .362 AVG, 76 R, 113 H, 19 2B, 7 3B, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 164 TB, 45 SB, .454 OBP, .526 SLG, .979 OPS

    Buxton- .348 AVG, 89 R, 109 H, 18 2B, 11 3B, 11 HR, 61 RBI, 180 TB, 40 SB, .444 OBP, .578 SLG, 1.023 OPS

    They have very similar numbers but Buxton is showing more power with more XBHs. Trout hit over 30 HR in his first season and is on pace for around 30 agains this year, so could Buxton be a 30+ HR hitter too? I think so, I think Buxton will be better than Trout overall too. Hopefully Buxton can continue to put up similar numbers or better numbers than Trout did as he moves up the system all the way into the bigs.

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    Few Thoughts

    1. I've thought Buxton was the Best Twins Prospect since they drafted him. Buxton is like Mike Trout in that he impacts the game in several different areas (Base-Running, Defense, Hitting) where as Miguel Sano has one special, special tool power. Both guys have MVP Upside.

    2. On the current season-Sano's numbers are somewhat inflated by BABIP of .409. Sano doesn't project as a .340 hitter in the big leagues. Sano seems to project as more of .290/.380/.570 type of guy in the bigs on a consistent basis.

    3. On the Buxton-Trout Comp. Trout was Six Months younger when starting his season at Low A. In the grand scheme of things this might not seem like much (but it's noteworthy).

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    Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
    What's his ETA to Fort Myers? Will it happen immediately after their all-star game?
    MWL All-Star game is on June 18. I would expect Buxton to be batting leadoff on June 19 or 20 in Fort Myers. He probably won't get to share the field with Sano, however, as the FSL All-Star game is on the 15th. The only way he would is if the Twins brass wants to start Sano off in New Britain, and not on the road, as the Cats have a 9-game road trip from the 18th through the 26th..

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    He is definatly number one. Just check all the #buxtonfacts from Twitter last night. Those were great!
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    Buxton will be the #1 prospect in baseball at the end of the season.

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    Until Buxton can do what he does now at Fort Myers, Sano is the better prospect.
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    Buxton or Sano? I bet a lot of teams wish they had that tough decision to make.

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    In the long run, it really doesn't matter. 25 years from now, most fans will not care about who the better prospect was in 2013 (okay, many fans don't really care now).

    Fans will care about when the player came up to the majors and about the length and success of his major league career.

    Yes, I know that y'all need something to discuss and argue about but despite all the attention, they are all still kids (okay, REALLY young men). A lot can happen between now and their arrival in mlb. And, A LOT more can and must happen before they have a successful career. I guess it is a way for you to fill column inches but meaningless in the real scheme of things -- KC has had a lot of "prospects" -- it is how those prospects mature AND what the team does with them, that matters.

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    Does it matter?

    We have two ridiculously good prospects, and which one is better doesn't make much difference to me. The raving about Buxton going on is pretty cool, but man, Sano is just crushing what is supposed to be a pitchers' league. Those two in the same lineup someday should be a lot of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
    In my opinion, having seen both of them play in the Midwest League at about the same age, Buxton's the choice. I wouldn't have said that if I hadn't seen him. Sano's incredible and obviously would be the #1 prospect in about 80% of the organizations. In my mind, it's 1a and 1b, but if I have to pick one, it'd be Buxton.
    I agree with this. I thought Sano was the clear choice going into this season. But Buxton has tools that Sano can't touch. I think of Buxton as the future number 3 hitter and center fielder to overshadow all center fielders in Twins history. I think of Sano as the clean-up hitter and third baseman to overshadow all third basemen in Twins history. They're the two best prospects we've had since Mauer. But if I have to choose, I'd choose the guy with the tools who plays a premium position.
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    Nice article, Chris.

    I'd have to agree that he's overtaken Sano, but only by a slight margin. Safe to say we're all pretty excited to see the both of them arrive in Minneapolis.

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    I gave Sano the nod this offseason since he had excelled in full season ball while Buxton was only a great scouting report with mixed rk ball success. Buxton has pulled into the lead now but both of these prospects are top 10 overall prospects which is awesome.

    Will anyone that was ranking Buxton 5th in the Twins org or lower this offseason come forward?

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