Byron Buxton tops another prospect list; Twins own 5 of the top-100
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Good news for Twins fans, weary after three seasons spent as one of the worst teams in baseball: the future appears bright.
Byron Buxton seems to be the consensus best prospect in baseball, and MLB.com agrees. The website rolled out its top-100 list Thursday, with Buxton at No. 1.
He is one of five Twins prospects to make the list.
The 20-year-old stands out among the game's other rising stars, in part because of his skill set, his demonstration of power and patience at the plate, and speed and arm strength in the outfield.
Here is what Twins general manager Terry Ryan had to say for the MLB.com post, assembled by Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis:
"I think he's made unbelievable strides as far as maturing, not only as a player but as a person," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "As far as taking the responsibility of what he is and who is he and where he's headed, I think he's done a wonderful job.
"He just knows the responsibility that comes with being the best player in the Minor Leagues, according to some people. He gets it."
Miguel Sano also is very high on the list. The third baseman is ranked No. 4 in all of baseball, according to MLB.com.
The other players to make the list from the Twins' farm system:
OF Byron Buxton -- No. 1
3B Miguel Sano -- No. 4
P Alex Meyer - No. 28
P Kohl Stewart - No. 40
P J.O. Berrios - No. 90