Sano heads list of top Twins prospects

I dug up a little lunch-hour reading for those of you out there working hard on your last day before the weekend.

Baseball America published Friday its list of the top 10 prospects in the Minnesota Twins system. The list is available here.

It’s only another month before pitchers and catchers report to big league spring training, and I’m starting to get ready for baseball season. The summer ballpark tour is in the works again, with myself and a couple of my friends already planning where to road trip to this season.

A few thoughts:

  • Miguel Sano, not surprisingly, grabbed the No. 1 spot. He was recently named the second-best third base prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo.¬†¬†Sano batted .292 with 20 homers in 66 games at Elizabethton last season at the age of 18. The Twins like to take it slow with prospects, but he could be a fast riser if he manhandles A-ball pitching this season.
  • Beyond the top five or six, the list takes a drop, which really shows the Twins’ lack of depth in their farm system. No. 7 prospect Liam Hendriks got a taste of the big leagues last year, but most experts project him to be nothing more than a third or fourth starter in the majors.
  • No. 2 prospect Joe Benson also played briefly in the majors last season. With the departures of Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer in free agency, Benson could have taken advantage of an opportunity with a better September last year, but he often looked overmatched at the plate. There’s no questioning that Benson has the tools, but they might need more refining. Remember, he did bypass Triple-A entirely after a strong Double-A showing last season.
  • Former eighth-round pick Brian Dozier lands at No. 10. Along with Benson and Hendriks, he’s another guy that Twins fans could see in the big leagues sooner rather than later. The middle infielder hit .322 at advanced A-ball last year before batting .318 at Double-A New Britain in 78 games. Because the Twins lack depth at second base and shortstop, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Dozier get September at-bats with another strong year in the minors.

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