This series is designed to evaluate the role prospects play in each Major League organization, looking at the short- and long-term needs of each club and illustrating how prospects fit in both scenarios. Here's my look at the Twins: In the near future, few teams stand to gain the prospect impact like the Twins. As he enters his second year as Minnesota's director of Minor League operations, Brad Steil said he thinks the Twins' system is well positioned. Boasting two of the top-rated young players in the game in Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, Minnesota will soon be getting more than a facelift. "I think our scouting department both domestically and internationally has done a good job the last few years of signing guys and drafting guys, and now it's just our job to try to get these guys ready to move up to the next level and on to the big leagues in the future."
For the Twins' player-development system, 2013 was a banner year. Byron Buxton rose to the status of baseball's top prospect in his first full professional season, and several other players took steps forward as well.