In Round 1 of this year's voting, Byron Buxton trounced Miguel Sano by taking home 84% of the vote. That's not a negative reflection on Sano, who's a monster, it just tell you how good we all expect Buxton to be.
Twinkie Town Top Twins Prospects for 2014
- Byron Buxton, CF
- Miguel Sano, 3B
As we'll reproduce in every round, the rules:
Players Up in Round 2: Alex Meyer, Eddie Rosario, Kohl Stewart
Alex Meyer, RHP
2014 Age: 24
2013 Top Level: New Britain, 70 IP (Double-A)
Meyer's 2013 was limited by an injury that lingered through June, July, and August, but there's no denying that he was exceptionally effective in his 13 Double-A and three rookie rehab starts. So far in the Arizona Fall League, Meyer has continued to look impressive, flashing his plus arsenal over five starts, striking out 18 in 17.1 innings and walking just five. He has a legitimate chance to be an ace, and while he won't break camp with the Twins at the end of spring training he could still pitch himself off this list for next year if he forces the Twins' hand at some point this summer.
Eddie Rosario, 2B/OF
2014 Age: 22
2013 Top Level: New Britain, 313 PA (Double-A)
When it comes to the quasi-glut of middle infield prospects with which the Twins suddenly find themselves, Rosario's bat is the best. Of course, at this point we don't really know whether he'll continue on at second base or if the Twins will try to move him back to the outfield; Assistant General Manager Rob Antony mentioned moving Rosario as a possibility due to the emergence of Brian Dozier. He's a better fit in the outfield defensively, but with the way he hits his bat will play anywhere. 2014 will be another exciting year for the prep selection out of Puerto Rico, because another good season probably means his Twins introduction in 2015.
Kohl Stewart, RHP
2014 Age: 19
2013 Top Level: Elizabethton, 4 IP (Rookie)
That's not a lot to go on for anyone, much less a guy who's only being introduced to the system, but his fastball and slider are already considered to be plus offerings. The fourth overall pick in this year's draft was shut down at the end of the season due to some shoulder soreness, but it wasn't anything serious and he'll be ready to ramp it up again come February. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Twins start him with Elizabethton to start the season, but a good year would see him finish with Single-A Cedar Rapids - provided the organization thinks his arm could handle a full season.