The latest from the Arizona Fall League on Byron Buxton and Alex Meyer
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The Twins top prospects may not help the product in 2014, but they may not be far behind. Some of the top names in the team's farm system are impressing in the Arizona Fall League.
Since there aren't many innings in the Fall League, it's nearly impossible to glean very useful information about a player's future from the stats. But it annually provides a quality instructional league for some of the games brightest prospects.
--Alex Meyer, perhaps the Twins top pitching prospect, threw two perfect innings with three strikeouts. He threw 33 of his 52 pitches for strikes Monday for the Glendale Desert Dogs.
The right-hander told MLB.com's Teddy Cahill that he wants to prove he can help the Twins:
Meyer knows part of the reason he's pitching in the AFL is to make up developmental time he missed due to a shoulder injury this season, but he said he is relishing the opportunity to compete against many of baseball's best prospects in the AFL.
"The main thing, though, is to play against the best talent I've ever played against," Meyer said. "I want to show I can handle this quality of baseball and show the Twins that I'm hopefully able to help them out as soon as they're ready for me."
--Later, Trevor May pitched two innings and allowed four hits and an earned run with a strikeout.
--Consensus top prospect Byron Buxton hit a homer in a 2-for-4, two-RBI performance after a quiet first week of the Fall League. He's still adjusting to better competition, he told MLB.com Monday. The 19-year-old has not played above Class A Advanced Fort Myers.
"They've got more than just the fastball to fall back on," Buxton told Cahill. "They go in and out and mix up their pitches real well. They can throw a curve when they want it, a changeup when they want it."
--German prospect Max Kepler played first base Monday and went 2-for-4 with a run scored. The 20-year-old is batting .286 in a small sample size.