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Byron Buxton, OF
No, this doesn't mean that Byron Buxton will be in Minnesota by the end of the year. He's going to start the regular season in Double-A, as he should, and barring any setbacks could be in line for a bump to Triple-A by the end of the year.
Besides, with the Twins not competing for anything this year, there really is no incentive to call Buxton up in 2014.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't watch the best prospect in baseball, because Buxton is a special talent who could dazzle as a 20-year-old against established big leaguers in spring training.
A true five-tool talent, Buxton is going to hit for more power in 2014 than he did last year (12 homers, .520 slugging) because he's still growing into his frame. It won't be long before we talk about this young center fielder as an MVP candidate hitting in the middle of Minnesota's lineup.
Josmil Pinto, C
The Twins gave Josmil Pinto a 21-game tryout last season. He rewarded them by hitting .342/.398/.566, but could struggle to crack the Opening Day lineup because of his profile.
In order to be a catcher, defense has to be your best attribute. Pinto is still a raw receiver and doesn't block well, making him a liability with the glove. The bat will play in the big leagues, with above-average power and good control of the strike zone, but he may end up as a part-time catcher because of the defensive limitations.
Alex Meyer, RHP
Few pitchers are going to elicit more "oohs" and "ahhs" than Alex Meyer. He's a true power pitcher with an imposing 6'9" frame, though that's also one of his drawbacks. Having long limbs makes it difficult for him to repeat his mechanics, leading to erratic command and a potential career in the bullpen.
When you see Meyer on the right day, you will see a potential No. 2 starter with a fastball that touches 99 with explosive life as it crosses the plate and a plus-plus slider that can remind you of a right-handed Randy Johnson.
Meyer is still working on a changeup that flashes above-average potential with some late fade, though it is firm coming out of his hand.
He pitched 13 games at Double-A last season and will likely start 2014 back there, but with some improved command and slight advances with the changeup, the Twins could give him a look in September.
Miguel Sano, 3B
Do you like power? I don't just mean a player who can hit a home run, but majestic moonshots that travel 425 feet when the hitter doesn't square up the pitch.
If the answer is yes, then Miguel Sano is your new hero. He's got special power that is going to make him a perennial All-Star and superstar when he gets to Minnesota.
There are some flaws to his game. Sano has a huge 6'4", 235-pound frame and does struggle at times with lateral movement to play third base, but has enough arm strength to move to right field and enough bat to profile at first base if the Twins decide he has to move.
On offense, Sano has a very long swing and is still learning to hit off-speed stuff, but is a very patient hitter who draws a lot of walks and posts high on-base percentage totals. He's going to be a high OBP hitter with 35-plus homers in the big leagues.
There has been some concern about an elbow injury Sano suffered that could possibly require Tommy John surgery, but he was reportedly given a "clean bill of health" in December.
As long as the elbow doesn't cause any more problems, Sano should be one of the most-talked-about prospects this spring with a strong chance to play in Minnesota by August or September.