Miguel Sano is a can't miss prospect out of the Dominican Republic who was rewarded with a $3.15 million dollar signing bonus at the age of 16.
Sano will turn 18 this May, and has as much upside as anyone in the minor leagues, with power rating out at an 80 on the 20-80 scale. The only minor league player who projects higher is Bryce Harper of Washington.
Sano was signed as a shortstop prospect, but his 6'3" frame has already ballooned up to around 225 pounds, so a switch to either third or first base is almost inevitable. Due to his youth and above average arm strength, Sano shouldn't have to move out of third by 2014.
It has taken this second round pick from 2006 a little longer then expected to make his way through the Twins' farm system, but Joe Benson is here to stay.
Benson rates as above average in speed, arm strength, power and defense.
If he can take a little bit better approach at the plate (witch should come with maturity and experience), there is no reason not to believe Benson can't be an above average right fielder at the major league level.
Michael Cuddyer is in the final season of his contract in 2011, and there is little doubt that Benson will be ready to take over in right field for him come 2012.
By all accounts Denard Span took a step back in 2010 after a break-out 2009 campaign.
The Twins were, however, impressed enough to reward Span with a five year contract that runs until 2014.
Span rates as a below average center fielder defensively, but may be able to fair better in left field where he isn't expected to cover as much area and his arm will be less exposed.
For the last couple seasons Span has been the lead-off hitter for the Twins, but with the addition of Nishioka this off-season, Span may be moved into the two hole, where his skill set will be much better utilized.
With a nice contract running through 2014, and Aaron Hicks taking over center field, Span could be a perfect left fielder for the Twins in 2014.