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Double-A manager hopes Twins prospect Byron Buxton sticks around
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(5/5/15) Despite a tremendous tear at the plate for Twins top prospect Byron Buxton, his current manager and former Twin Doug Mienkiewicz would prefer he spend the entire season at Double-A Chattanooga.
The 21-year-old Buxton extended his hitting streak to eight Monday night with a walk-off homer. During that stretch he is batting .454 (15-for-33) with 12 runs scored. He has scored at least one run in each of those games and has five stolen bases.
"I would like to see him here the whole year, and that has nothing to do with me as a manager," Mienkiewicz told the Times Free Press. "I want to see him have success, and too many times in baseball and in general today, these kids have a good two weeks and they move them. They are going to play a long time, so let them build that huge snowball of confidence to where nothing can deter them once they struggle again. ... His time is coming, and it's going to be sooner than later for sure."
Twins opt to leave Aaron Hicks, Byron Buxton in minors
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(5/4/15) With Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (hip) going on the disabled list Monday, the team opted to promote outfield prospect Eddie Rosario from the minors to take his roster spot. Manager Paul Molitor said the team chose Rosario because it isn't going to be a long-term situation.
Molitor added the only other player considered for a promotion was Aaron Hicks. Molitor made it a point to say top prospect Byron Buxton was not in the conversation.
Hicks is batting .289 with two home runs, three triples, five doubles and 13 RBI in 21 games at Triple-A. He also has 15 runs, 12 walks and 15 strikeouts.
Buxton is batting .287 with two home runs, three doubles, five triples and 12 RBI in 22 games at Double-A.
Twins OF prospect Byron Buxton getting on track at Double-A
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(5/1/15) Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton is beginning to turn the corner offensively for Double-A Chattanooga. He has hit safely in five of his last six games, batting .364 (8 for 22) with one home run, five RBI, seven runs and five stolen bases.
Through 19 games, Buxton has a .236/.329/.389/.718 slash line. He has one double, two triples, two home runs, eight RBI, 11 runs and seven stolen bases.
"I think with Buxton, just like with Miggy (Miguel Sano), both of those guys started off pretty slow," Lookouts hitting coach Chad Allen said, per MLB.com. "Neither one of them is even close to where they want to be.
"Buxton, he's a quick learner. He's always asking questions, just like Miggy. They're both great kids. … They're tremendous talents. They want to learn. They're the kind of guys you want. They want to learn, get as much knowledge about the game as they can. Both of them are going to get it."
Buxton is considered the top prospect in baseball by MLB.com and is ranked No. 2 by Baseball America.
Byron Buxton, Jose Berrios among Twins' nine cuts
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/15/15) The Twins reassigned eight players to minor league camp on Sunday and optioned outfielder Max Kepler to Double-A.
Kepler was one-for-nine in four games this spring.
Jose Berrios and outfielder Byron Buxton were the top names on the list of players reassigned.
Berrios, a first-rounder in the 2012 draft, gave up one unearned run on seven hits in six innings this spring, striking out four.
Buxton, also a 2012 first-rounder, hit .125 in eight at bats.
The Twins also cut catchers Stuart Turner (2-for-4 in spring) and Mitch Garver (0-for-4), RHP Tyler Duffey (no appearances), LHPs Taylor Rogers (no appearances) and Ryan O'Rourke (9.00 ERA in one inning); and infielder Heiker Meneses (.125).
Twins' Byron Buxton doubles twice on Wednesday
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(3/4/15) Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton doubled twice on Wednesday against the University of Minnesota.
Buxton came into last season ranked as one of the best prospects in the minors. He had injury issues, which ended his season early. While Buxton is still considered the Twins top prospect, he was passed by other players in the overall prospect rankings due to the injuries.
Buxton seemed to be 100 percent on Wednesday, doubling twice during the contest. He scored one run and drove in one RBI. The 21-year-old should open the season in the minors, but could debut as early as this season depending on his performance.
|2014 summary: Byron Buxton was MLB.com's top-ranked prospect last season, but a series of injuries slowed his ascent to the Twins. He hurt his wrist in spring training, only to reinjure it days after making his season debut. He returned to Advanced Class A Fort Myers in July, was promoted to Double-A New Britain after roughly a month, and then promptly suffered a concussion. Even Buxton's efforts to make up for lost time in the Arizona Fall League backfired, as he broke a finger that required surgery. In his 31 minor league games, Buxton batted .234 with four home runs and six stolen bases.|
Playing time status: Despite all of the injuries, Buxton is expected to be ready for spring training.
2015 outlook: Buxton will resume his quest for a major league promotion, and if he picks up where he left off in 2013, he could be a nice source of stolen bases and a high on-base percentage in the second half. Buxton has played exactly one game above Advanced Class A, so as high as his ceiling is, he could struggle for single-season league owners. In those formats, he shouldn't be drafted earlier than in the final rounds in standard mixed leagues.
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