Byron Buxton remains baseball's top prospect, according to MLB.com's mid-season prospect rankings. Released Sunday night, the list has been updated to account for performances this season as well as the 2014 MLB Draft. Sano just slips into the Top 10, Stewart and Meyer are in the top third of the list, Berrios has earned himself a bump up, and even the fifth overall pick makes the Top 50.
#1 - Byron Buxton (CF)
Hit: 70 | Power: 60 | Run: 80 | Arm: 70 | Field: 75
#10 - Miguel Sano (3B)
Hit: 55 | Power: 75 | Run: 40 | Arm: 70 | Field: 45
#25 - Kohl Stewart (RHP)
Fastball: 70 | Slider: 65 | Curve: 55 | Change: 55 | Control: 55
#31 - Alex Meyer (RHP)
Fastball: 70 | Slider: 65 | Change: 50 | Control: 50
#38 - Jose Berrios (RHP)
Fastball: 60 | Curve: 55 | Change: 55 | Control: 50
#42 - Nick Gordon (SS)
Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 60 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60
The 20-80 scale has been defined by the Major League Scouting Bureau as follows:
80 - Excellent
70 - Very Good
60 - Good
50 - Major League Average
40 - Below Average
30 - Well Below Average
20 - Poor
There's little doubt that the Twins' system is loaded with both top-end talent and depth, but continuing to have that talent validated is a stark difference between the prospects this organization had ten years ago and the talent that has been brought into the system over the last five years.
Just as exciting is the fact that, of this group of six players, three should have significant roles on the 2015 Major League club. Berrios won't be too far behind. Stewart and Gordon I'd peg for arrival around 2017, but between now and then there will be a number of talented youngsters ready to contribute.
It can be hard to watch the Twins play sometimes. And it can be a painfully slow process waiting for prospects to develop and arrive, because it does take years. But time is coming, and soon we'll be watching a large group of young talent building the core of the next Twins dynasty.