COMMENTARY | Over the past couple seasons, Minnesota Twins fans have eagerly awaited the debut of Miguel Sano. The 19-year old third baseman has drawn comparisons to Miguel Cabrera and would be able to hit an asteroid out of the sky with a baseball if it were hurling toward Earth by taking a mighty swing.
After getting off to a blistering start at Low-A Fort Myers (.333/.427/.641 with 14 home runs and 45 runs batted in), you would think that all the focus would be shifted on when Sano would make his debut at Target Field.
That changed roughly one year ago when the Twins drafted Byron Buxton
By selecting Buxton, the Twins added another elite prospect to one of the best farm systems in the major leagues. As a project player, it was going to take some time to progress and put everything together by the time he reached the major leagues. To put it mildly, he has accelerated that time table.
Scouts are drooling over the potential that is oozing out of the young center fielder at Low-A Cedar Rapids. In fact, Iowa hasn't seen anybody put on this great of a show since Mike Trout was swiping bags and swatting dingers as a member of the Kernels.
That has lead some to point to Trout as the comparison for Buxton, but MetroSportsReport.com's Jim Crikket gave me this explanation on Twitter:
@crishad We saw Trout in CR too and I honestly think Buxton is slightly more advanced at this level. Cant point to one thing he cant do.- JimCrikket (@JimCrikket) May 18, 2013
To say that someone is more advanced than baseball's rookie darling from a season ago is enough to give Twins fans goosebumps, but It doesn't end there.
Jason Parks and Chris Mellen of Baseball Prospectus had a discussion on Twitter that can make Twins Territory pass out from exhaustion.
The full discussion can be recapped at the " Kevin Slowey was Framed! " blog, but the two took turns trying to find words to describe just how good Buxton is. To sum things up, Parks floated this gem after talking with several scouts:
@chrismellen Every scout source so far has basically said some form of this: "Um.. this isn't normal. This is special."- Jason Parks (@ProfessorParks) June 3, 2013
Special is a good word to use when describing Buxton, because even the tight-lipped powers that be in the Twins organization are gushing over what this kid can possibly do.
In an article from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Jim Souhan (which ran on June 2), everybody from former World Series champion manager Tom Kelly to Hall of Famer Paul Molitor threw out superlatives like they were 90 miles-per-hour fastballs from their weak pitching staff.
The hype is even starting to eclipse Sano who, as I mentioned before, is having a tremendous season of his own in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League.
While both players are going to be elite stars for the next generation of Twins that are currently brewing in the minors, Buxton is the one with the highest ceiling. If you don't agree, you just have to ask yourself one question.
If Buxton's raw talent is enough to make scouts act like this (and make Houston Astros scream "Why, God, why?" for taking Carlos Correa ahead of him), what is he going to do once he becomes a finished product?
Chris Schad is a lifelong Twins follower that has spent a majority of his life cheering the Twins on through the dark '90s and success of five American League Central championships in the 2000s. His work has also been published on Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @crishad.
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