Though Buxton rated as the top prospect in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and went No. 2 overall to the Twins, he actually managed to exceed expectations in his first full pro season. As a 19-year-old, he batted .334/.424/.520 with 49 extra-base hits (including 12 homers), 76 walks and 55 steals between two Class A stops. He reminded Midwest League observers of Mike Trout – only with more power and a stronger arm than Trout had when he blazed through the circuit.
Sano can’t match Buxton’s all-around brilliance, but he can beat him in two different tool categories. No Minor Leaguer has more power upside than Sano, who led the Midwest League with 28 homers as a 19-year-old in 2012 and encored with 35 homers (three off the Minor League lead) between high Class A and Double A last season. His bat speed and physical strength allow him to drive the ball out of any part of any ballpark on the planet.
Meyer battled a shoulder strain that limited him to 78 1/3 regular-season innings in 2013, but when he was healthy he showed exactly what Minnesota saw in him. He struck out 100 batters, an average of 11.5 per nine innings. That would have ranked second in the Minors if he had enough innings to qualify.
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