ESPN's Keith Law, who spends quite a bit of time on MLB prospects, ranks both Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton in the latest version of his top 25 MLB players under 25 years old. To be eligible, a player needs to have been born after July 1, 1992.
Neither Sano nor Buxton made the list last year — instead, both had to settle for "honorable mention" as Sano scuffled through his second season in the majors while laboring in right field and Buxton tried to gain confidence as a hitter.
What's particularly intriguing, though, is where both players are slotted on this year's list: Sano is No. 21, while Buxton is No. 8.
Based on their production (at least offensively) so far this season and throughout their MLB careers, I would expect those rankings to be flip-flopped.
The overriding bottom line, of course, is that both are amazing talents at young ages. Buxton is 23 and Sano just turned 24.
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