|Byron Buxton: Still on top of at least|
one prominent prospects list.
It doesn't make any real difference if the prospect gurus rank Buxton first or second, of course. If Buxton hadn't gotten hurt last spring, he probably would have gotten a callup when the Twins decided Aaron Hicks wasn't cutting it, which would have been before the All-Star break. He'd have gotten a shot in center before Danny Santana.
So in a very real sense, that Buxton is 1-2 on prospect lists this winter is a disappointment. I wanted and expected him to have graduated from such lists by now.
MLB.com's list includes six Twins prospects, all of them in the top 36, so it's considerably higher on the Twins system (or at least the top six prospects) than ESPN's Keith Law. Besides Buxton at the top. MLB.com has
Miguel Sano at 11
Alex Meyer at 29
J.O. Berrios at 32
Nick Gordon at 33
Kohl Stewart at 36
Every one of the six is ranked higher by MLB.com than by Law.
Meyer, Berrios and Stewart are all right-handed starters, and their ordering figures to be the most interesting aspect of the various lists. Law had Berrios third among the trio and more than 60 slots down the list. As I've noted repeatedly, Law thinks Berrios is too short, with not enough life or plane on his fastball, to rank higher. (Not that the 97th overall prospect is release bait.)
That's his opinion, and he may be right. Or he may be wrong.