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Twins shut down game's No. 1 prospect (No. 3, too)

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07:26 AM ET 11.08 | This week, it snowed in Minneapolis and rained on the Twins. [On Wednesday], the Twins received a double-barrel dose of bad news about their top two minor-league prospects. Center fielder Byron Buxton and third baseman Miguel Sano both have been shelved with injuries that figure to keep them out for the rest of the winter. Buxton, 19, aggravated his left (non-throwing) shoulder strain and is "unlikely to play again in the (Arizona Fall League)," Twins director of minor league operations Brad Steil said. Sano, 20, has been diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. ... In July, Baseball America ranked Buxton No. 1 and Sano No. 3 among all prospects. These recent injuries aren't expected to harm their standing or their expected starring role in the Twins' future.

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November 8, 2013  08:36 AM ET

I like reading Baseball America, but don't get too worked over their rankings of prospects. I think they thought Cory Snyder was the bomb a while back.

November 8, 2013  11:01 AM ET
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I like reading Baseball America, but don't get too worked over their rankings of prospects. I think they thought Cory Snyder was the bomb a while back.

Snyder had a few good years with Cleveland and then I guess the pitchers figured out how to pitch him. But what a throwing arm that guy had!

November 8, 2013  11:20 AM ET

injury rash cought off guard those top prospects tough luck though

November 8, 2013  12:43 PM ET

"These recent injuries aren't expected to harm their standing or their expected starring role in the Twins' future"

That is if they don't trade them away first...

November 8, 2013  02:06 PM ET
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Snyder had a few good years with Cleveland and then I guess the pitchers figured out how to pitch him. But what a throwing arm that guy had!

Snyder had a lot of good tools, but would swing wildly at anything and was not coachable...the pitchers just figured out to not throw him strikes so he would get himself out. BA focuses on tools and athleticism, but not much on whether the guy can actually play baseball. It's tough guessing on prospects and I'm not saying I could do a better job, but you're not getting any special advanced analysis from them.

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November 14, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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"These recent injuries aren't expected to harm their standing or their expected starring role in the Twins' future"That is if they don't trade them away first...

Both players are very inexpensive right now, so why would the Twins trade them? Now six years after make their MLB debuts and become unrestricted free agents.....well that's another story. That said, we're talking 2020 at the earliest.

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