Twins farm report: Ranking the top 10 minor league prospects

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The Twins have one of the top farm systems in baseball, largely because of Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. The two check in at No. 1 and No. 3 on mlb.com’s top prospects list. Both put up eye-popping numbers in several categories this year.

What the Twins hope to prove next season and beyond is that they have other quality prospects. They believe some pitchers are starting to move through the system, and a few infielders are starting to stand out as well.

“I think we have pretty good depth and talent in the minor leagues,” said Brad Steil, Twins director of minor leagues. “I think there is some depth in our system, and not just the top two guys.”

Below you will find the Star Tribune’s season-ending ranking of the top 10 Twins prospects. The list is complied with input from various Twins officials — and one broken-down baseball writer.

1. Byron Buxton

19, OF, Class A Fort Myers

He has grown in every area, on the field and personalitywise. Coaches love that they only have to tell him something once and he immediately incorporates it. Comparisons are dangerous, but Buxton had more extra-base hits, stolen bases and a higher on-base-plus-slugging percentage than Mike Trout during his age 19 season.

2. Miguel Sano

20, 3B, Class AA New Britain

He hit .330 at Fort Myers but only .236 at New Britain, but he smashed 35 homers and had 103 RBI between the two teams. He pulled off some very nice plays at third base and will stick there for now. He had a beanball incident at Fort Myers and was benched for four games at New Britain after admiring a home run too long, but no one views those incidents as red flags. Some in the organization are relieved that a Twins prospect shows some fire.

3. Alex Meyer

23, RHP, Class AA New Britain

Limited to 78⅓ innings this season because of a shoulder problem that surfaced in June. The Twins were conservative with Meyer’s recovery, and he came back to hit 98 miles per hour on the radar gun. In 16 minor league starts, he went 4-3 with a 2.99 ERA. He will head to the Arizona Fall League to get more innings. Like Sano, he could make his Twins debut next season.

4. Eddie Rosario

21, 2B, Class AA New Britain

Rosario hit .329 at Fort Myers before moving to New Britain, where he had a couple of slumps before rallying to finish at .284. The Twins are satisfied with his play at second. He is on a major baseball binge: He played winter ball, then in the World Baseball Classic, then the minor league season, and he is headed to Arizona this fall.

5. Kohl Stewart

18, RHP, rookie Elizabethon

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Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
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