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Updated: January 30th, 2014 12:13pm
Prospect guru praises 'Lord Byron,' tabs Sano Twins 2015 third baseman

Prospect guru praises 'Lord Byron,' tabs Sano Twins 2015 third baseman

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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Byron Buxton topped another prospect list yesterday. In other words, it was Wednesday.

This time it was ESPN.com prospect expert Keith Law, who pegged Buxton as baseball best prospect and ranked Miguel Sano No. 8.

Law joined Pat Reusse and Phil Mackey for an interview Wednesday and referred to Buxton as "Lord Byron." He praised Buxton's approach at the plate, defensive instincts and said Buxton is "among the fastest runners you will ever see on a baseball field."

Law declared Buxton will be a future perennial MVP candidate. But that's a ways off, clearly, since Buxton hasn't seen a pitch at any level above Class-A Advanced, Fort Myers.

Perhaps more interesting for the immediate future, Law had notes on Sano, the top third base prospect on the list. Law called him the "best pure offensive prospect in the minors."

Some have questioned his ability to stay at third base because of poor defense, but Law said in the interview with Reusse and Mackey that he believes Sano can stay there. Sano may not be done growing, Law said, which could mean that he'll have to move to first base or right field in the future.

Provided that concerns about his elbow are in his past - and Sano said last weekend that they are - Sano could get a late 2014 call-up, and he'll be the Twins opening day third baseman in 2015, Law said.

You can read all of Law's Top-100 prospects here, behind the ESPN.com Insider paywall.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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