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Twins' Buxton, Meyer Make AFL Top 20 List

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You don't have to sit down for this one: uber prospect Byron Buxton topped the list of up-and-coming MLB prospects in this year's Arizona Fall League.

Everyone lines up to high-five Byron Buxton because he is The Best.
Everyone lines up to high-five Byron Buxton because he is The Best.
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It's not very shocking that Twins top prospects Bryon Buxton and Alex Meyer made the list of top 20 players in this year's AFL, given the amount that has already been said about their talent. These days in Twins Territory, however, we have to milk this kind of good news. Who knows when we'll get more?

The list was created by some team members from MLBPipeline.com along with some scouts who covered the fall league. They asked themselves: If you were building a team, who would you most want based on what you saw in the AFL this year?

Byron Buxton came in at #1. Shocker, I know. Buxton only got to play in 12 games before he was shut down due to injury. He batted .212 with 3 home runs, 2 stolen bases, and 5 walks. His raw talent was still so apparent he topped the list.

Alex Meyer also made the list, coming in at #5. Meyer pitched in 7 games, giving up a total of 20 hits, 9 earned runs, and 7 walks with 28 (!) strikeouts over 26 innings. Scouts are particularly impressed with his slider.

The other Twins players to take part in the AFL this year who did not make the top 20 list were Eddie Rosario, Trevor May, Max Kepler, Zack Jones, and A.J. Achter.

Stats for all the Twins prospects in the 2013 AFL are below (via MLB.com).

Individual Stats (Batting)
Player POS G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS E
Eddie Rosario 2B 20 80 3 19 1 1 0 7 22 3 13 2 1 .262 .275 .238 .537 3
Max Kepler 1B 18 64 8 15 5 0 0 4 20 7 13 0 0 .306 .313 .234 .618 3
Byron Buxton CF 12 52 10 11 1 0 3 8 21 5 15 2 1 .288 .404 .212 .692 2

Individual Stats (Pitching)
Player W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR HB BB SO WHIP HLD GF
Alex Meyer 2 1 3.12 7 7 0 0 0 26.0 20 10 9 3 4 7 28 1.04 0 0
Trevor May 0 2 3.21 9 1 0 0 0 14.0 13 6 5 1 0 4 12 1.21 2 1
A.J. Achter 1 1 5.25 11 0 0 0 0 12.0 11 8 7 2 0 4 10 1.25 3 0
Zack Jones 0 1 18.00 7 0 0 0 0 6.0 10 16 12 3 1 9 9 3.17 0 1