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Twins OF Torii Hunter plans to mentor Aaron Hicks, Byron Buxton
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(1/29/15) Twins veteran right fielder Torii Hunter said one of his goals this season will be to mentor outfielder Aaron Hicks and top outfield prospect Byron Buxton, per MLB.com.
"I know Hicks can play, but with Buxton -- I haven't seen video or seen him play, but every word I hear is good about him," Hunter said. "I definitely think when we get to spring training we'll sit down and I'll work out with them and evaluate what they're doing right and what they're doing wrong."
Hicks said he will lean on Hunter this spring, as he competes with Jordan Schafer for the starting job in center field.
"I'll be all in his ear the whole time," Hicks said. "He might get annoyed I'll be in his ear so much. He's definitely a guy I'm going to go to.
"I believe that I have the ability to play center field here for a long time. I've just got to go out there and show people that I can be the center fielder that everybody wants me to be and also that I want myself to be."
Twins OF Byron Buxton seeking bounce-back 2015 campaign
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(1/24/15) Although Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is likely to start the year in Double-A, general manager Terry Ryan said that seeing both Buxton and third baseman Miguel Sano debut this season "would be a realistic point of view," according to the Associated Press.
Sano was sidelined in 2014 after having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last March. Buxton endured a frustrating injury-riddled 2014 campaign. He has been recovering from a broken index finger and was recently cleared to resume baseball activities.
"We've got to knock off some of the rust that's built up on him, because he hasn't played all that much," Ryan said. "I don't anticipate anything that went on with him last year really affecting him in a negative way. He just didn't get enough at-bats or enough playing time to say it was a developmental year. We lost basically a year with him, and that's not what you like."
Twins outfielder Byron Buxton cleared to resume activity
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(1/23/15) Twins outfielder Byron Buxton has been cleared to resume activity and is hoping to get all of his injuries out of the way, foxsportsnorth.com reports.
Buxton, who is heading into his second season in Minnesota, suffered a broken index finger, which required surgery in October. He is expected to be ready for spring training.
Twins' Byron Buxton to have follow-up Monday
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(11/5/14) Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton will meet with his hand surgeon Monday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.
Buxton underwent surgery to repair a broken finger at the end of October. He injured himself trying to make a diving catch while playing in the Arizona Fall League. Buxton is expected to be ready for spring training.
Twins outfielder Byron Buxton has surgery on finger
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(10/31/14) Twins outfielder Byron Buxton had surgery to repair a broken finger, according to the Star-Tribune.
Buxton fractured his middle finger on his right hand Monday. The issue was initially diagnosed as a dislocation, but a later evaluation revealed a fracture. The injury wasn't as bad as initially feared, and Buxton is expected to be ready for spring training.
|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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