It's entirely plausible when discussing a farm system and prospects to use hyperbole. We get so fixated on what a player can be that it tends to distract us from what they are.
I say that to introduce the Minnesota Twins' prospect rankings for the 2014 season, which is the best group in baseball and filled with the kind of present talent/future projection that every franchise envies.
Everything starts with Byron Buxton, the No. 1 prospect in baseball. He entered the draft two years ago being declared the best raw talent available, but no one was prepared to see the 20-year-old dominate the way he did right out of the gate.
When you can follow a prospect like Buxton with Miguel Sano, owner of arguably the best power in the minors, things are going really well.
The Twins have a nearly perfect mix of high-ceiling position players and pitchers. No longer are they stuck in the old ways of drafting low-risk pitch-to-contact arms. Kohl Stewart and Alex Meyer offer some of the best stuff in the minors.
Times have been tough in Minnesota with at least 96 losses for three consecutive seasons. The front office has added quality pieces through free agency this offseason, but the real turnaround will start in 2015 when the prospect wave takes over.
Be patient, Minnesota. It won't take long before the Twins are back on top in the American League Central.
Here are the top 10 prospects for the Minnesota Twins heading into the 2014 season.
Note: All stats courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. Scouting reports/rankings are based on personal evaluations and opinions.