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25 Byron Buxton CF
Height/Weight: 6-2/189 | Birthdate: 12/18/1993 | Birthplace: Baxley, GA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 68/3 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Twins' Byron Buxton (thumb) to be out 4-6 weeks, manager says


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor mentioned that rookie center fielder Byron Buxton is expected to miss about 4-6 weeks with a sprained left thumb, according to MLB.com. 

Buxton was added to the disabled list on Friday, after he injured the thumb attempting to steal during Thursday's game. 


Twins place Byron Buxton (thumb) on 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) The Twins made the surprising announcement Friday that rookie center fielder Byron Buxton was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left thumb sprain, which he suffered Tuesday against the White Sox while attempting to steal second base.

Twins manager Paul Molitor told Go 96.3 FM that Buxton will likely be out longer than the minimum 15 days on the disabled list.

"(Buxton) is going to have to back off a while, probably at least a month," Molitor said.

The Twins recalled Danny Santana from Triple-A Rochester to replace Buxton, who is batting .189 (7 for 37) with no home runs, no RBI, five runs, two walks, 15 strikeouts and one stolen base in 11 games since his highly anticipated promotion from the minors.

Buxton entered the season as the top prospect in baseball according to MLB.com. Baseball America had him ranked as the second-best prospect.


Twins CF Byron Buxton back in leadoff spot Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Twins rookie center fielder Byron Buxton was moved to the leadoff spot for the second time in three games Wednesday against the White Sox.

Monday was the first time since his promotion from the minors he hit leadoff. Buxton stepped up in a big way, going 3 for 5 with three runs.

Buxton has hit safely in his last three games, going 5 for 11 (.455) with one double, three runs, three strikeouts and one stolen base.


Twins' Byron Buxton produces 1st multihit game in 1st game leading off


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Prior to Monday's game against the White Sox, Twins manager Paul Molitor moved rookie center fielder Byron Buxton into the leadoff spot in the lineup and said the experiment would likely last just one game because he liked the matchup against left-hander John Danks.

Well, Molitor might have to reconsider his plans since Buxton provided a spark atop the lineup in a 13-2 rout.

Buxton wasted little time making an impact, as he recorded his first career double in his first at-bat Monday. He went on to have his first multihit game, going 3 for 5 with three runs.

"I'm just glad Molitor had that much faith in me to put me in the leadoff spot," Buxton said, per MLB.com. "I just tried to relax and have fun."

Buxton now has four hits in his last two games after managing just two hits in his first seven games.

"It's got to feel good for him to get a multihit game and contribute and get a chance to lead off and score a run in the first inning," Molitor said. "So it was nice to see him respond with that challenge and be a part of the win."


Twins bump Buxton to leadoff spot, Dozier down to second spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) For the first time since his promotion to the majors, the Twins batted Byron Buxton in the leadoff spot Monday against the White Sox. He had hit ninth in his first eight games.

Buxton moving to the top spot in the lineup meant Brian Dozier got bumped to the second spot in the batting order. Dozier has hit leadoff a team-high 51 times in 2015, and Monday was the first time he hadn't hit leadoff since May 20.

Twins manager Paul Molitor said he envisions Buxton batting leadoff as a "one-day thing," per MLB.com. He likes the matchup Monday against left-hander John Danks.

Buxton is batting just .120 (3 for 25) with one triple, one stolen base and nine strikeouts since his highly anticipated promotion. Dozier has a .271/.529/.887 slash line in his last 19 games.


Twins need Byron Buxton to get on track offensively


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Twins center fielder Byron Buxton hasn't done much offensively since his highly anticipated promotion from the minors. Entering play Thursday, he was batting .154 (2 for 13) in four games.

As much as the Twins want to be patient with the 2012 first-round pick, they are in the thick of AL Central race and need Buxton to iron out his swing quickly.

"You bring a kid up without any track record and you're evaluating him on a daily basis," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said, per the Pioneer Press. "I'm not going to tell you he's on a short leash, but I certainly do look for production, just like anybody else.

"He's starting out with a little bit of a shaky approach. Maybe he'll start to adjust and get it going. Hopefully, that'll be the case."

Buxton has made an impact defensively, and he seems confident his offensive game will turn around.

"I'm getting a little bit more comfortable up there," Buxton said. "I'm seeing pitches a little bit better and I'm starting to take a whack at it."


Mientkiewicz on Byron Buxton: 'I don't think he's completely ready'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) When the Twins opted to bring top prospect Byron Buxton to the majors over the weekend, some within the organization were suprised by the move, including Buxton's manager at Double-A Chattanooga and former major leaguer Doug Mientkiewicz.

“I don’t think he’s completely ready,” Mientkiewicz told Fox Sports on Monday. “Well, part of me says yes, and part of me says no.

“What I tell my players is we want to cross every ‘t’ and dot every ‘i’.  We want to make sure when you get to the big leagues you stay. None of this shuffling back and forth.

“Definitely, without a question, he was ready to play defense two years ago. Offensively, it’s going to come and go. He’s young. It’s like anybody else. It’s going to take time.

“One thing about the kid -- he can handle it mentally. I hate to say this, but when there is no better alternative, why not? He’s definitely better than anyone they have right now. They’re looking for a spark. When he gets going, he can provide an excitement they haven’t seen in a while.”

Buxton started Sunday and Monday for the Twins. He is 1 for 7 (.143) with one triple, two runs and two strikeouts. He has had eight chances in center field and had putouts on all eight plays.

“I don’t mean any disrespect to the kid at all,” Mientkiewicz said. “There are moments he will do well and moment he won’t. (General manager) Terry (Ryan) understands that. (Manager Paul Molitor) understands that. Molly has called me at least four or five times on him. I love the kid to death. He’s the best we got. Might as well throw him up there.”


Twins put Byron Buxton into starting lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Twins center fielder Byron Buxton will start in his first career MLB game in Sunday's game against the Rangers. 

Buxton is a highly regarded player that is the latest youngster to get the call. He received the nod on Saturday and the Twins are wasting no time inserting him into their plans. He's slated to hit ninth in the lineup. 

Buxton was hitting .283 with six homers with Double-A Chattanooga this year. 


Twins calling up MLB's No. 1 prospect, OF Byron Buxton


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) The Twins announced Saturday they are promoting outfielder Byron Buxton to the big league club Sunday, moving MLB's current No. 1 prospect to the majors for the first time. 

Buxton, 21, will be recalled from Double-A Chattanooga in time for the Twins' series finale at Texas. The No. 2 overall pick in 2012, Buxton has bounced back in a big way from injuries that slowed him in 2014. He has a Southern League-leading 12 triples and was hitting .283 at Double-A. 

Buxton was the minors' consensus player of the year in 2013, but dealt with wrist, concussion and finger injuries that limited him to 124 at-bats in 2014. 

"I feel pretty good," Buxton said, per MLB.com. "I've been taking better at-bats. I've been laying off pitches early in the year I was swinging at. It's put me in position to drive the ball into the gaps more."

The Twins have not received much production from their center fielders, and the hope is that Buxton, who has an OPS of .866 and 20 stolen bases, can provide a spark in their lineup. 


Twins top prospect Byron Buxton continues to roll through Double-A


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Twins top prospect Byron Buxton is abusing Double-A pitching so far this season. One of the top prospects in baseball, Buxton ripped his 11th triple of the season and ninth in the month of May on Saturday.

Buxton is hitting .267 with five home runs, five doubles and 33 RBI in 42 games this season in the minors.


Twins' Byron Buxton's promotion could come in August


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton could be up sometime in August, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Friday.

Buxton, who is ranked as the top prospect by MLB.com and is No. 2 by Baseball America, is hitting .244 (22 for 131) with three doubles, six triples, four homers, 23 RBI, 12 walks, 28 strikeouts and nine stolen bases in 33 games.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said earlier in May that there's no clear timetable for Buxton's promotion to majors.


Twins GM has no clear timetable for Byron Buxton's promotion to majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) After a slow start to the season, Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton has finally got going offensively at Double-A Chattanooga and starting to show why he is such a hyped prospect. He is batting .375 with one home run, eight RBI, 12 runs, six walks and five stolen bases in his last 10 games.

The Twins opted to leave Buxton, who is ranked as the top prospect by MLB.com and is No. 2 by Baseball America, in the minors when Oswaldo Arcia went on the disabled list earlier this week. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear his promotion to the majors is imminent.

"For me, he's just started to take off down there," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said, per 1500ESPN.com. "And I think it would be wrong to start putting [a promotion] into the equation this early. Now, if we're talking later in the year, everything being equal, I suspect he would be in that conversation."

"He's just not quite to that point where we should consider him, I don't think."

Although, Ryan did leave the door open for a quicker-than-expected promotion to the majors, if Buxton continues to perform well.

"All right, let's say it's six weeks later and he's pounding it like he has been for the last two weeks, then he's starting to force our hand," Ryan said.


Double-A manager hopes Twins prospect Byron Buxton sticks around


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) 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
(5/4/2015) 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
(5/1/2015) 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
(3/15/2015) 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
(3/4/2015) 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. 


Five Twins return for workouts on Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) All five Twins players -- Byron Buxton, Trevor May, Oswaldo Arcia, Jordan Schafer and Kurt Suzuki -- that were sent home due to illness on Monday, returned to the clubhouse on Tuesday and rejoined the club for workouts, reports the Star Tribune.

The Twins begin exhibition season Wednesday with a game against the University of Minnesota.


Twins send five home due to illness before Monday workouts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe (illness) was back at workouts Monday, but the Twins sent five other players home due to illness before Monday workouts began, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Pitcher Trevor May and outfielders Byron Buxton and Jordan Schafer missed a second straight day of workouts, while catcher Kurt Suzuki and outfielder Oswaldo Arcia also had to miss the Monday session.

The Twins begin exhibition season Wednesday with a game against the University of Minnesota.


Twins' Byron Buxton named No. 1 prospect by MLB.com


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Twins outfielder Byron Buxton was named the top prospect in baseball by MLB.com Friday.

Buxton played just 31 games in 2014 due to wrist and concussion issues and finished with a .240/.313/.405 line along with four home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases in 121 at-bats with high Class A Fort Myers. He also went 0 for 3 at the Double-A level. Buxton is making his second straight appearance atop MLB.com's top prospect list.

The rest of MLB.com's top-five prospects (in order) are Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Astros shotstop Carlos Correa, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. None of the quartet appeared in the top five of last year's MLB.com prospect list, though all four cracked the top 12.


Twins OF Torii Hunter plans to mentor Aaron Hicks, Byron Buxton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) 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
(1/24/2015) 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
(1/23/2015) 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
(11/5/2014) 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
(10/31/2014) 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.