Buxton, Sano are big hits at TwinsFest

Buxton, Sano are big hits at TwinsFest

MINNEAPOLIS -- While nearly every player on the Twins' 40-man roster was in attendance at TwinsFest on Friday, it was top prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano who drew some of the biggest autograph lines from fans at Target Field.

It marked the first TwinsFest for Buxton, who was named the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com on Thursday, and the second for Sano, who was ranked No. 4.

"It's remarkable how much interest there is in two guys who haven't even gotten to Triple-A yet," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "We've seen our biggest prospects come to TwinsFest every year since 1989. I'll never forget Torii Hunter when he came, and we saw it with Joe Mauer. So that's been one of the great things about this event is those future Twins. So I think it's a great way for us to immerse them in the culture and show them what it means to be a Twin."

Buxton, 20, said he's been keeping busy this offseason as he prepares for his first big league Spring Training. He's put on about five pounds of muscle and thinks it will help him develop even more power.

"I can tell I'm a little bit stronger by the way I hit in the cage," Buxton said. "My swing is a little more balanced and I'll have a lot more durability."

Sano, 20, is also set to begin Spring Training in Major League camp for the first time and has set lofty goals. The promising slugger said he's no longer bothered by the strained ligament in his right elbow after rehabbing for the last month.

"I'd like to be here on Opening Day," Sano said. "I'm working hard. I've got to play hard every day. This opportunity with Minnesota, they opened the door for me."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.