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Updated: July 8th, 2013 10:38am
Baseball Americaā€™s new prospect rankings have Buxton No. 1, Sano No. 3

Baseball Americaā€™s new prospect rankings have Buxton No. 1, Sano No. 3

by Phil Mackey
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The Minnesota Twins now have the best prospect in baseball, according to the latest rankings put out by Baseball America.

In BA's midseason top 50 list, outfielder Byron Buxton was ranked No. 1 with third baseman Miguel Sano close behind at No. 3.

On Buxton, BA says, "No. 1 talent in last year's draft is even better than expected with power, speed, defense and an extremely advanced hitting approach."

The publication said Sano has the "best power in the minors (and) one of the best arms. Hitting ability has taken a step forward."

Right-hander Alex Meyer was ranked No. 32. 

Buxton is hitting .344/.424/.548 with 36 extra-base hits, 33 stolen bases, 75 runs and 62 RBIs in 78 games between Low-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers. Sano is hitting .296/.390/.620 with 22 homers, 65 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 81 games between Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain.

Twins GM Terry Ryan recently told 1500 ESPN he isn't ruling out a September call-up for Sano, although his slow start at New Britain might put a lid on that notion. The Twins have discussed moving Buxton up to Double-A before the season ends, which could open the door for a major league debut sometime in 2014. 

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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