Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Miguel Sano, along with Byron Buxton, are two big reasons to be optimistic about Minnesota's future.
Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
I wanted to include these two together since they really aren't that far apart in development or level—Sano is in High-A, Buxton in Low-A—and they are the future faces of a Minnesota franchise that has gone through a down period at the big league level.
Sano is ripping up High-A right now with a .377/.462/.713 line with 10 home runs in 33 games. He has the best power in the minors—or is at least tied with Texas' Joey Gallo—but is evolving into a very good hitter.
Strikeouts will always be part of Sano's game—he has 37 in 122 at-bats this season—but if he makes enough contact to hit .260-.270 in the big leagues, he will hit 40 home runs with no problem.
Meanwhile, Buxton's start might be more impressive considering how raw it appeared he was coming out of a small Georgia high school last year. He is hitting .352/.458/.608 with 18 extra-base hits and a 29-to-25 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Of any duo in the minors, Buxton and Sano is easily the best of the bunch. They are both superstars and MVP candidates in the making, even though they are at least two years away from contributing.
Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies
Trevor Story was the breakout star in Colorado's system last year, hitting .277/.367/.505 with 43 doubles, five triples and 18 home runs in 122 games.
This season, however, has been a different story entirely. Story had strikeout problems last year, with 121 in 477 at-bats, but this year it has become more pronounced. He has whiffed 45 times in 125 at-bats and his line sits at a paltry .184/.250/.280 at High-A Modesto.
Unless Story can start putting the ball in play more consistently or at least get his approach back to where it was in 2012, this could turn into a lost season for the 20-year-old.