Welcome to the opening ballot of the 2014 Twinkie Town community prospect vote. As we get underway this year, it's important to set a few ground rules. Here is how the voting will work.
- For each round, a certain number of players will be presented with statistical history, a brief overview, and other basic information such as age and level.
- Once on a ballot, players will remain on the ballot until they eventually win a vote. Barring something drastic, like a trade.
- Sometimes no players will be added to subsequent ballots. Sometimes more than one player will be added. Early rounds will have fewer players for which to vote, and later rounds are more likely to have more.
- Share with your friends! Let's get as many votes as possible.
- A general list has already been assembled, and players are slated to join the voting at a specified time, but you are welcome to recommend players that you think should be added in the following round.
Players Up in Round 1: Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano
2014 Age: 20
2013 High Level: Fort Myers, 253 PA (Advanced-A)
Buxton's 2013 was incredible, leaving Baseball America to name him their top prospect in the game in their mid-season rankings up date. At the end of the season, he was also ranked by BA as the best prospect in both leagues in which he played (Midwest and Florida State leagues) in spite of spending roughly half a season in each location. His approach to hitting is advanced for someone his age, he is one of the fastest players in the league, he has strong command of the strike zone, he looks built for power, and his skills in the field - from his reads to his range to his arm - all are netting top reviews. If he doesn't make his MLB debut late in 2014, he will certainly make it at some point in 2015.
Miguel Sano, 3B
2014 Age: 21
2013 High Level: New Britain, 276 PA (Double-A)
In 2013, Sano was one of the most powerful prospects in the game. While Buxton was ranked the #1 guy at the Single-A and Advance-A levels, Sano was ranked #2 in both the Advanced-A and Double-A levels. Once again, not bad for a guy who spent roughly half of a season in each location. And how lucky were the folks in Fort Myers this season? Sano's power is a truly elite and special asset, and is what makes him stand apart from other offensive-minded, young third basemen with strong arms. Unlike Buxton, Sano is more likely than not to make his debut at some point near the end of the 2014 campaign.