Minnesota Twins fans have waited years to experience the last five days, and the outcome is better then anyone imagined it to be.
With the team calling up outfielder Byron Buxton, MLB Pipeline’s top-ranked prospect, in time for the start of a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles last Thursday, it meant he’d be on the same lineup card as rookie sensation Miguel Sano for the first time at the Major League level. Fans have heard about the potential and incredible upside each of these prospects have for years and it was finally going to play out right in front of their eyes.
The Twins are now 5-0 in the Buxton-Sano era and find themselves right back in the Wild Card hunt after a sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees early last week seemingly put them away. Minnesota put up 11 runs last night in a wild offensive showcase against the Tampa Bay Rays and the two hyped youngsters were right in the middle of it all.
Buxton led off the game with a single and the Twins were up 3-0 just moments later when Miguel Sano launched a moonshot over the center field wall. This marked the first time that Sano drove in his fellow rookie at the big league level, an occurrence that fans in the Twin Cities might want to get used to.
Their fingerprints wound up all over the offense the rest of the night. Sano scored his second run of the ballgame on a Torii Hunter base hit in the third and Buxton later crossed home plate again on Brian Dozier‘s 26th home run of the season. Buxton later drove in the second run of his Major League career in the fifth on a well-struck ground-rule double to right field.
The organization is being swept over by a youth movement this season which points towards a very bright future for the Twins. 23-year-old Eddie Rosario and 25-year-old Aaron Hicks, who is currently on the disabled list with a hamstring issue, have both become regulars in the lineup after starting the season in Triple-A while rookie right-hander Trevor May is making a huge impact in the bullpen. But Buxton and Sano are headlining the group and forcing Minnesota back into a playoff race.