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Ranking the Best, Worst Minor League Seasons for Top Hitting Prospects
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Minnesota's Byron Buxton put up one of the most impressive seasons in the minors.

The hardest tool to evaluate when scouting prospects is hitting. There are so many layers that go into it, some easily quantified and others requiring a keen, veteran eye, you can get lost just looking at raw numbers. 

Some players make it easy to see that they have what it takes in order to, at the very least, survive in the big leagues without embarrassing themselves. Usually these are the names you will see at the top of a prospect rankings list. 

But at times, these things require more nuance and study. We are going to talk about the best of both worlds. With the 2013 minor league season over, it is a very prudent time to see which hitting prospects put their skills on full display and which ones still have work to do. 

This isn't a thorough examination of the entire minor leagues, but a look at what some of the biggest/most notable names, 10 in all, did in 2013 and where they are going from here. 

Note: Stats courtesy of unless otherwise noted.

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