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Baseball America’s midseason top 50 prospects list has Byron Buxton at No. 1

Jul 8, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Baseball America just published its midseason top 50 prospects list and 19-year-old Twins center fielder Byron Buxton is No. 1. And fellow Twins prospect Miguel Sano is No. 3, so this is a pretty good day in terms of allowing Minnesotans like me to forget about how bad the current Twins are.

Sandwiched between the two stud Twins prospects is Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who you may recognize from HardballTalk’s resident Cardinals fan Drew Silva calling him Oscar “Ted Williams” Taveras over the years.

Rather than make any more comments on the rest of the top 50, just go check out the whole list along with Baseball America‘s commentary on each prospect.

  1. blues1988 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    those cardinal September call ups are going to be pretty fantastic. Taveras, Wacha, Wong, and Martinez. they could play a huge role down the stretch.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      I suspect we’ll see Martinez (again) long before September.

      The other 3 are virtual locks for September if they’re healthy.

  2. kopy - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Is this because Caleb Thielbar is no longer considered a prospect? The future is so bright, I need to wear sunglasses.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Prospect porn seems to be all that Twins fans can look forward to. Hope those 2 turn out OK. I do not take lists like this very seriously because so many top prospects flame out and numerous low level prospects have fine careers.

    • dondada10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Like Travis d’Arnaud…

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        d’Arnaud is still a great prospect, but has difficulty staying healthy.

      • dondada10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        The most recent injury was a freak one: foul tip off his foot.

        Still, he’ll be 25 at the start of next season and has ~300 at-bats in AAA over the course of 2 seasons.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        Yea kinda reminds you of all the bluejay prospects (see drabek)

        proudlycanadian – Jul 8, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        d’Arnaud is still a great prospect, but has difficulty staying healthy

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      This statement coming from a guy who cant wait for all the sandwich picks the jays get every year cause they are too cheap to resign anyone who might cost a few bucks.

  4. ndnut - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    FSN showed a Low-A game when Buxton was playing there and he was a stud. Leaping catch and great at bats.

  5. stex52 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Good to see the Astros actually come up with five. A definite improvement. But two problems:

    1. As we all know, a prospect is just a prospect until he shows up. I favored Bruxton for the Astros, even though Corriea rates pretty high.

    2. These prospects are all over the map for arrival date. A couple are fairly close. The others are still relatively long horizon.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      If the Astros take Buxton, they don’t take Lance McCullers Jr. with their second selection. It’s Corriea & McCullers or Buxton. I’ll take the SS and starting pitcher even though Buxton looks to be oozing sweetness.

      • hansob - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Buxton signed for right around slot. So it’s not like the Twins had to take Scappy Von Eckstein with their next pick and give him a $38.54 signing bonus to even things out. I get the thinking, but it’s not Correia/McCullers vs Buxton. It’s Buxton + a slotted player. And maybe they could have gotten Buxton for under slot. Maybe not as much under as Correia, but he did sign for the #2 slot money.

      • valarmorghuliss - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        Maybe? Maybe not as much as Correia? There’s no point in a discusssion if you’re going with stuff like this. There is no maybe.

    • stex52 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Yeah, I know. I remember the whole scenario. Two #1 picks, the second of which they can actually pay for. Buxton wanted top dollar.

      No reason to think Corriea won’t be fine, whether at SS or 3rd. And it does add up to two picks in the top 50. So with luck they did make the better deal.

  6. asimonetti88 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    I prefer Taveras’ nickname “Minor League Guy”.

  7. valarmorghuliss - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I’m surprised a 23 year old pretending he is 20 while playing against 20 year olds and still striking out 25% of the time is 3rd on the list. Sure the power is there, but he has gone to AA, and what has happened? A 30% strikeout rate and a .200 BA.

    Sano is a fraud

    • paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Yeah, MLB didn’t do a back ground check on him or anything. /s

      MLB worked hard to screw that kid over and they along with the Pirates probably cost the kid at least a couple million in signing bonus money.

      • valarmorghuliss - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Ya, and the results were “inconclusive” Sano did a good job so that nobody knows how old he really was, so much so he can’t actually prove his own age. And the Twins also did the same as the Pirates. But they signed him anyways.

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        If you watched Pelotero…the Twins most certainly did not continue to lie to the kid like the Pirates scout did.

        If MLB did a back ground check on me, their results would also be inconclusive. There is no way to prove that I am the person that was the baby to whom my birth certificate belongs. They could do tests to show that my parents are (or are not) really my biological parents, but there is no way to prove anything beyond that for pretty much anyone.

        MLB has been doing whatever they can to cloud the market and inhibit teams from spending money on players….they are a bunch of fucking hypocrites. They want a free market for their teams with respect to selling tickets or extorting tax dollars to build stadiums…but they do everything they can to prevent free markets for talent.

      • valarmorghuliss - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Riiiiiight, cool story Bro. Sano isn’t 20 years old, but you keep defending the lengths he went to make sure nobody ever really knows.

      • valarmorghuliss - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Oh and yet there are many kids from DR that sign deals and have no problem proving their age. Except Sano and a few others.

        But hey, he’s not playing again kids he’s much older than any longer and AA pitching has him looking foolish and over-rated.

      • dluxxx - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Man, I wish I could have grown an inch and a half between 22 & 23. That would have been a pretty neat trick.

    • raybrower - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Back under your bridge, troll.

    • lamborginipercy12 - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      I can’t tell if this valarmorghuliss is a troll or just stupid. Name the “lengths” Sano went to hide his age. Spinal taps? Bone Marrow tests?

      Not to mention, sweet GoT name bro. You’d think if you went to such a length as to use a GoT reference on a sports site you’d at least spell it right…

      • valarmorghuliss - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        The Pirates gave him bone density tests, they called BS on his age. So did the Twins, but got him to sign a lowball offer in the end. And when MLB and 2 teams spend all that money and with supposedly with Sano’s help can’t be convinced of your true age. You spent years and went to great lengths to destroy all evidence of who you really are. Sorry, That’s reality.

  8. migoli - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Wow, what a bitter clown valarmorghuliss is. Sano is clearly 20 first off and you are calling calling sano a fraud off your entirely baseless age theory and a few weeks at double A? What a clown you are

  9. spudchukar - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    OK, the Cards have 4 of the top 50, and all are at AAA and arguably ready. With the plethora of wealth the proper course of action has to come into question. Personally, I say acquire another top notch hurler. Cliff Lee perhaps. And move one of the four.

    With Gast still a viable option going forward, and the re-signing of Beltran a possibility, only so many players can find a roster spot. Time to make a move with the play-offs in mind.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Do the Cards really need the upgrade though? Aren’t y’all pretty much running away with everything? (I don’t see the Pirates keeping this up as their roster is far worse than STL).

      • spudchukar - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        Yes, I am confident the Cards will make the play-offs. But having one veteran hurler with the stuff to dominate in the post season is problematic. Westbrook just isn’t reliable. Maybe Carpenter can contribute, but that is conjecture. The Cards offense is fine. Trying to find playing time for Adams is the type of issue most team only dream of.

        Having all the prospects is great, but only so many can play. If an arm like Lee is available, I still contend the Cards have an abundance of talent to land him and not impair their future line-up.

    • paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      The Problem is that Lee is signed for 2 more years at more than $25M per. That is more than he’s worth to the Cardinals (i.e. the amount of upgrade he represents), so the Phillies would have to eat a lot of that to make it worth trading any of those 4.

      I think it is likely that Freese is gone after this year and Carpenter moves back to 3B with Wong at 2nd. Beltran is at an age where he could fall of a cliff at any point or keep going another 5 years…but you shouldn’t rely on him. Jay has struggled, they may need Taveras to play some CF, could sign Beltran as a 4th OF option and have Craig play some OF with Adams playing more.

      I think the Pitchers all stay. As they have seen this year, you can’t have too many.

      • umrguy42 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Lions, why do you think Freese is gone after this year?

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        Because Carpenter is younger, cheaper, and likely better and they need to either play or trade Wong…can’t let him rot in AAA.

        Freese is already 30. I love the guy, but sometimes you gotta make the tough decisions, and he’ll have some value if they can find a buyer. Third base is incredibly weak across MLB. About the only thing they really need is a SS and perhaps another OF if Beltran is gone.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        That is indeed the Lee problem, too much money left on the deal and it would cost multiple high level prospects (insert whomever here) to get the Phils to eat any portion of it.

        Either way, he’s not coming cheap.

        I think Beltran gets a qualifying offer and that’s it from the Cards, Freese is dealt and the Carpenter/Wong scenario above plays out moving forward.

        I suspect they’re hoping Taveras can play CF with Craig and Holliday at the corner OF spots which frees up 1B for Adam’s and Jay as the 4th OF.

        I don’t think any young pitchers are going anywhere but to STL – for now at least.

      • spudchukar - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        All valid opinions. However, while the axiom “can’t have too many pitchers” is often verified, the Cards have Wainwright, Lynn, and Garcia locked up long term. Miller is under control for quite a while. That is four solid starters going forward. Wacha probably rounds out the rotation in 2014.

        That leaves Martinez, Gast, Lyons, Rosenthal, and Blazek on the horizon. Motte will be back in 2014. Mujica moves back to the 8th inning role. As dominant as Rosey has been his secondary pitches and his drop and drive style argue for his future as a starter.

        Martinez may project better as the 7th inning guy, although he certainly has starter stuff. Unless the Cards plan on going to 6 or 7 man rotation somebody is expendable. With Gast, Lyons, Blazek, Mannes and probably Gonzalez viable back-ups. And that is assuming Seigrist remains in the pen and Carpenter retires, which are other options.

        If St. Louis has the opportunity to secure somebody of the status of Lee for the final two months, and the post-season they should jump at the chance. Money should not be a hindrance. Their payroll drops about $22 mil in 2014, if they resign Beltran at a similar rate as in 2013, and drops about $35 mil if they don’t.

        When a team has the golden opportunity to elevate themselves from one of ten contenders to possible favorite, and not deplete their roster they should make the leap.

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        Garcia’s career is in jeopardy. That shoulder may never be right again.

      • spudchukar - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Regarding Freese: Perhaps it should be Holliday that goes. Return Craig to LF, re-sign Beltran, and let Jay and Taveras battle it out for CF. Wong can play against lefties, and Adams vs. righties. That would get us younger, cheaper, and better defensively.

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Wong is also left handed.

        Holliday will be a hard trade due to his remaining years. He seems like he always has a period of time where he is in a funk. Hopefully, the last month has just been one of those and not a harbinger of things to come.

      • spudchukar - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        PL, thanks for the correction about Wong. For the immediate future that is bad news, but I am glad to learn he hits from the left side.

        Couldn’t we bring up Ryan and dispose of Wiggington. I know he is signed through 2014, but I say admit it was a sorry decision, and let Ryan spell Kozma.

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Yeah, I’ve been waiting for a Jackson call up. Koz is struggling. Wiggington is pretty useless. I do feel bad for him, just sitting on the bench, but he brings nothing to the table. He is a sunk cost…just admit the mistake and cut him already.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        Holliday has a full no trade, he’s not going anywhere.

        As for Wiggington, lots of speculation the Cards maybe ready to cut the cord as soon as tomorrow.

        Tons of good info from Derrick Goold’s chat today can be read here:

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        Thanks for the link. Always enjoy Goold’s chats, but don’t usually remember to try to find them.

  10. jwbiii - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    This is basically a re-hash of the preseason top 100 list,
    except that some players are no longer prospects (Jurickson Profar, Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller) and some are injured (Dylan Bundy).

    The Cardinals and the Twins looks good for the future, as do the Astros and the Cubs. A word of caution on the Cubs: BA loved Corey Patterson and Felix Pie, and we know how they turned out.

    • jwbiii - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      The Cardinals’ position is particularly strong, given that two of their prospects on the preseason top 100 list, Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal, have already moved from top prospects to productive major leaguers.

  11. bh192012 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I don’t quite understand what this list is ranking. Clearly a “prospect” in this context isn’t someone who is likely to get called up soon, since many of those players are far away, much farther away than some other players. So instead, this seems to be a “highest ceiling” list. Which they should just call it that to clear up the confusion.

  12. kcrobert10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    The royals had 3 on the list this yr Ventura, Zimmer, and mondesi. These guys are the groundwork I’m using to trade for Stanton now o just need to convince old gator and more importantly Mr loria who somehow thinks his baseball team is going to be competitive in the next 3 yrs to make a deal.

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