The Minnesota Twins aren't a great baseball team, currently sitting in last place in their division after finishing 30 games under .500 last season.
But that doesn't mean Twins fans shouldn't be excited, because they have some of the best prospect hitters in baseball. Outfielder Byron Buxton is considered by many to be the top prospect in baseball.
He's been hurt with a wrist injury this season and played just five games for the Advanced-A Fort Myers Miracle. "Fastest player going from first to third that I've ever seen," an anonymous scout told SI.com. "And I saw Bo Jackson."
Miguel Sano, the Twins' future third-baseman, will miss much of this season after Tommy John elbow surgery. While the surgery is tough, it takes less time for a position player to heal than a pitcher.
"He's the game's next great power hitter," an anonymous scout told SI.com about the 20-year-old power hitter. "Guys with 80-raw power, you don't see them as much anymore. He's an 80, easy."On Thursday, the Twins added another position player star when they drafted shortstop Nick Gordon, an Orlando, Fla., high schooler. He is the son of former major league pitcher Tom Gordon and the brother of Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon.
Nick said that he wants to stay at shortstop, though he was a top-notch pitcher as well, and expects to bring plenty of power to the Twins when he makes his way through the minor league system. Nick grew up around major league teams, with his father playing in the league, which means that he has plenty of players he has seen, up close, to look up to.
"I model my game after Derek Jeter," Nick told ESPN.com. "That's my idol. When things are or aren't going his way, he's the same person. He never embarrasses himself or his organization, and he's a leader on and off the field."
Combined, that means that the Twins has a group of some of the most talented position-player prospects in the game, up there next to or above the Chicago Cubs. And that's not even including right-handed pitcher Kohl Stewart, the No. 4 overall pick last year.
All this comes while the team's major league roster is filled with Joe Mauer and a lot of no-names in the lineup. These prospects, though they aren't expected to arrive in the major leagues until next season at the earliest, can't come soon enough for a Twins team that was once great but has struggled mightily of late.
As with all looks at prospects, nothing is guaranteed. Plus, all the injuries this season have to be at least a little concerning. But none of those injuries seem to be any reason for long-term concern. So, feel free to be excited Twins fans. The prospects are coming.
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