Buxton still ESPN's No. 1 prospect despite injury-marred season

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • May 30, 2014 - 11:16 AM

The bad news for the Twins? Both of their best offensive prospects, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, have both had injury-marred seasons. The good news? That hasn't changed the overall impression of their future potential, according to ESPN's Keith Law.

Buxton is still No. 1 in his prospect ranking, while Sano has dropped just five spots to No. 13.

Here's what Law has to say about both of them:

1. Byron Buxton | CF | Minnesota Twins (age 20)
Current level: High Class A (Ft. Myers)
Preseason rank: 1

It looked like such a promising year for Buxton, but he sprained his wrist in the final week of spring training, returned in early May, then reaggravated the injury in his fifth game of the year, going back on the DL on May 8.

He still has the minors' best combination of present skills and ultimate ceiling, a potential plus-plus defender in center who hits for average and has some power, along with huge value on the bases.

13. Miguel Sano | 3B | Minnesota Twins (age 21)
Current level: Out for season
Preseason ranking: 8

Sano will likely miss the entire year after Tommy John surgery -- he should be able to play winter ball and I'm hopeful the Twins send him to the Arizona Fall League first -- which costs him a lot of much-needed at-bats and reps in the field.

He remains one of the minors' best offensive prospects, as a hitter for both average and power, but the odds of him staying at third took a hit with this injury.

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