Keith Law put out a list of his Top 25 impact prospects recently, and three Twins made the list: outfielders Byron Buxton and Max Kepler, as well as right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios (ESPN Insider required).
Buxton was named his No. 2 impact prospect, behind SS/3B Corey Seager. “Buxton should at least have the edge on winning the job in center because his defense would help the club immediately,” writes Law, “and because the majors might be the best place for him to continue to develop as a hitter.”
Berrios was named his No. 2 impact prospect behind LHP Steven Matz of the New York Mets. “He has the three pitches and control to help their rotation now,” he writes in describing Berrios, “better than Tommy Milone, and perhaps better than Tyler Duffey based on the latter’s stuff and history prior to 2015.”
And finally Kepler comes in at No. 12. “Kepler isn’t the defender Buxton is, but he can play center,” he writes, “and he should be comparable on defense to Rosario in left but with a better approach and just as much power.”
Shortstop Jorge Polanco was also named as a player to watch.[ESPN]