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Baseball Prospectus releases top-101 list

There are 6 Twins posted on this list: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19694

#8 Byron Buxton

#21 Miguel Sano

#46 Aaron Hicks

#60 Oswaldo Arcia

#64 Kyle Gibson

#88 Alex Meyer

Though the relative ordering of the prospects isn't too surprising, it is clearly a big surprise to have Buxton ranked so much higher than Sano. Most people have had Sano ranked higher than Buxton, and Twinkietown even had Buxton ranked 3rd behind Arcia. This is the only time I've seen a significant gap between Sano and Buxton in Buxton's favor. Off the top of my head, this is also the highest I've seen Buxton ranked from the major prospect ranking sites - Baseball America had him ranked #10, right after Sano at #9.

The rest of the list of Twins players consists of the usual suspects - the only potentially surprising omission is Eddie Rosario. It is nice to see that Gibson and Hicks are back on everyone's radar, and that the return for Denard Span is a consensus top-100 guy.

Last year, the Twins only had 3 players:

#12 Sano

#87 Rosario

#90 Benson

It says a lot about the improved depth of the Twins farm system to see 5 new players added to the top-100 list, while the 2 the dropped off (Rosario and Benson) are still within the system. While Benson is clearly at a crossroads for his career, Rosario is still a strong prospect that may make his way back onto the list with a strong 2013 season.

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