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MLB.com names Byron Buxton as baseball’s best prospect

Jan 24, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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MLB.com prospect experts Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis released their top 100 list yesterday and to absolutely no one’s surprise 20-year-old Twins center field prospect Byron Buxton is in the top spot.

Buxton split last year between two levels of Single-A, batting .334 with 49 extra-base hits, 76 walks, and 55 stolen bases in 125 games in his first full pro season. He’s expected to begin this season at Double-A.

Buxton–who also ranked as the No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and basically everywhere else–is followed by infielder Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox, outfielder Oscar Taveras of the Cardinals, third baseman Miguel Sano of the Twins, and right-hander Archie Bradley of the Diamondbacks.

Click here for the entire MLB.com list, which includes write-ups for each player.

  1. historiophiliac - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Bradley!

  2. happytwinsfan - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    and the temp is supposed to get up to 35 today. i feel giddy.

    • kopy - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      I’m not the only one leaving work at lunch to get a head start on ice fishin’!

    • foreverchipper10 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      I’m giddy that it is in the double digits here in Pennsylvania. It was below zero two of the last three mornings when I had to leave for work.

    • allday420ap - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      giddy up!

      35 feels like 70 in mpls

      giddy up!

  3. thekingdave - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Really hope the Astros strategy of coupling Correa and McCullers with lower bonuses works out. Buxton would have looked good in navy and orange.

    • paperlions - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      So far, it looks fine. Correa has been developing very well, a SS that can field, hit, and hit for power is a really rare thing, and McCullers has been developing very well as well, with more and more people thinking that starting is a viable option for him. Right now, it looks like a no-lose situation, either route would have been a good one for Houston.

    • anxovies - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Nobody looks good in navy and orange.

  4. spudchukar - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Trade Taveras and Lynn for Lindor and Santana.

    • paperlions - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Aside from the fact that this would have been a better idea for the Cardinals before the Peralta signing, why would Cleveland do such a thing? They actually need a SS, and as you know, SS is a harder position to fill than corner OF. I’d be surprised if the Cardinals didn’t ask about his availability prior to turning to the FA market.

      • spudchukar - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        No you are exactly correct. It doesn’t make near the sense it would have before the Peralta acquisition.

        That said, the Indians also need starting pitching and Taveras’ bat in the OF. So it wouldn’t be illogical, assuming they can produce a SS alternative.

        For the Cards, having a legitimate back-up catcher, who can also play 1B, perhaps even occasionally at 3B, a switch-hitter, who could spell Adams vs. tough lefties, and most importantly spell Molina, both extending his career, and getting his bat in the line-up as a DH, or first baseman would be worth the loss of Taveras and Lynn.

      • paperlions - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        I agree….still not a horrible idea for either team….but I think such a deal wouldn’t happen for the same reason a Profar/Taveras trade was never going to happen….teams concerned that they would trade away a superstar and the guy they got would not live up to expectations. Most people would prefer to be wrong in keeping their own guy than in trading him away.

    • gibbyfan - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      would love to see the cards get both those guys…….if possible would even through Peralta in as well

  5. joerymi - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Not a Twins fan, but can’t wait to see Buxton.

    Not quite sure why Bogaerts is ranked ahead of Taveras. Perhaps infield defense is giving him the edge, but Taveras’ power potential might be getting a tad undervalued.

    I knew Bundy would drop, but he reeeeaaaally dropped. The difference between a number 2 and number 20 prospect is usually quite significant.

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