Baseball America unveils new farm system rankings; Where do Twins sit?
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Baseball America rolled out its updated MLB farm system rankings on Wednesday afternoon, and the publication sees the Minnesota Twins as one of the most stacked organizations in the game.
Thanks in large part to Byron Buxton (ranked 1st on the individual prospect rankings) and Miguel Sano (6th), Baseball America ranks the Twins' system third overall, behind only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox.
The Twins' farm system ranked 20th heading into 2012 and 10th heading into 2013.
BA writes, "The Twins have gotten what they paid for, spending top dollar on higher-drafted players and top Latin American talent. Top prospect OF Byron Buxton was the No. 2 overall pick in 2012, and Miguel Sano got $3.9 million in 2009; his elbow surgery this year shouldn't dim his long-term outlook. The Twins also have traded for power arms to add pitching depth."
Here are the Twins' top 10 prospects, per BA, and where they rank among the top 100 overall prospects:
1. OF Byron Buxton (1)
2. 3B Miguel Sano (6)
3. RHP Alex Meyer (45)
4. RHP Kohl Stewart (52)
5. RHP J.O. Berrios
6. LHP Lewis Thorpe
7. RHP Trevor May
8. SS Danny Santana
9. SS/2B Jorge Polanco
10. 2B Eddie Rosario
This list obviously doesn't include Aaron Hicks or Oswaldo Arcia, who are both no longer considered prospects.
On a side note, it's pretty scary when a team like the Red Sox is coming off a World Series title, has top-five money to spend, and also has one of the two best farm systems in baseball. Not a bad way to run an organization.