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The Minnesota Twins are impressed by 18-year-old Byron Buxton, their top draft pick, despite the fact that he's yet to get a hit at the professional level.
Buxton is leading off and playing center field for the Golf Coast League Twins and he has flied out in six of his eight at bats in Fort Myers, but his speed and potential have been on display, via Charley Walters of Twincities.com.
"He's just (swinging) a little bit under the ball," Fort Myers manager Ramon Borrego said Saturday, June 23, after his team lost 9-1 to Boston's rookie club.
"But he's very aggressive, he has got a good swing, and I like him because he plays hard."
Borrego said he timed the right-handed swinging Buxton on Saturday running to first base (90 feet) in 4.15 seconds after hitting a ground ball to shortstop.
Borrego also commented on Buxton's fielding and his coachability. If he produces in the GCL, he could be promoted to the Twins' higher level rookie league team in Elizabethton, Tennessee for the season's final month.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins announced that the deal with Byron Buxton, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 MILB First-Year Player Draft, included a $6 million signing bonus. The bonus is $200,000 below the recommended amount but was $1.2 million more than the bonus the Houston Astros gave to the No. 1 overall selection, Carlos Correa.
The terms of the contract where not disclosed by the club.
Buxton will likely begin in the Gulf Coast League, with a chance to move up to Rookie-level Elizabethton before the end of the season. He batted .513 with three homeruns, 17 doubles and 35 RBIs in his senior season at Appling County High School (Ga.). He had traveled to Minnesota on Tuesday to undergo a physical, take batting practice and meet some of the team's star players.
Now, the franchise hopes that he will become one of them in the near future.
The Minnesota Twins were happy to welcome No. 2 overall draft pick Byron Buxton to work out recently, but he took some batting practice without actually being under contract. Now, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, the Twins have completed their deal with Buxton and he's now an official member of the Twins organization.
The batting practice work was actually paired with a physical, so they're good-to-go on that front. According to the piece, the deal is for $6 million, just below the recommended slot for Buxton at No. 2 overall, which is $6.2 million.
"We brought him in to expose him to our Major League coaches, and our manager and our players," Ryan said. "I thought he did quite well out there for a young guy that came up here, 18 years old, not been around the type of caliber that these guys are. I'm proud of that. It was good to see. We didn't want to see balls going up in the cage and so forth. We wanted to see them go out, and that's exactly what he did."
Minnesota is really glad to have Buxton on board, as many figured they were going to take him in the lead-up to the draft. He'll likely begin his professional in the Gulf Coast League, with a chance to move up to Rookie-level Elizabethton before the end of the season. He batted .513 with three homeruns, 17 doubles and 35 RBIs in his senior season at Appling County High School (Ga.).
Technically, the No. 2 overall pick in the MLB Draft Byron Buxton isn't signed with the Minnesota Twins yet, but he's already being welcomed onto the team by the current players and management. According to Twincities.com, Buxton took a trip up to Minnesota where he met with a couple of the team's current stars and did some hitting practice.
He did well in that practice as well, putting together a couple of nice hits including a home run into the bullpen. General Manager Terry Ryan enjoyed watching Buxton spend some time with the big league guys:
"We brought him in to expose him to our major league coaches and our manager and our players," Ryan said. "I thought he did quite well out there for a young guy that came up here, 18 years old, not (having) been around the type of caliber that these guys are, but (he) did quite well there. I'm proud of that. It was good to see."
The 18 year old should be signed officially on with the Twins some time soon, at which point his baseball career and road to Minnesota can begin. Supposedly, a tentative agreement has already been put into place with Byron.
It looks like Byron Buxton will be officially signed, sealed and delivered to the Minnesota Twins very shortly. Buxton, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft, has agreed to a tentative agreement with Minnesota, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Ben Goessling.
While there are "a few minor details" to be sorted out, the rookie deal should be finalized after the completion of a physical Tuesday. The recommended signing bonus for Buxton's draft slot is $6.2 million, but the details of the agreement remain unknown.
Goessling also reports that the Twins' third round pick, Adam Walker, will receive his recommended signing bonus of $494,400. This came hours after the report that 18-year-old pitcher Jose Berrios had agreed to terms with Minnesota. He is set to receive the recommended $1.55 million signing bonus.
The Minnesota Twins are reportedly closing in on inking their highest draft pick since they selected Joe Mauer in 2001. According to Twincities.com, the Twins and their first round selection Byron Buxton are 'very close' to getting a deal signed to get the outfielder officially into the organization.
Once signed, Buxton is expected to be sent to the Gulf Coast League Twins rookie team, with an eventual move to the higher rookie squad in Elizabethtown if he does well.
A helpful hand with Buxton getting close to signing could be the quickness with which the Houston Astros inked the No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa last week. Though the team denies it will have any sort of impact on their guy, his $4.8 million signing bonus could give the Twins ideas as to how much to ink Buxton for.
It looks to be only a matter of time before high school outfielder Byron Buxton's contract negotiations wrap up. According to a report by the Star Tribune's Joe Christensen, the Twins are planning to bring Buxton in for a physical on Monday.
Despite the fact that No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa signed for $2.4 million less than the recommended signing bonus based on his slot, the Twins don't appear likely to get off with a similar discount for the flashy five-tool outfielder. Buxton's recommended bonus is $6.2 million, and Minnesota's organization knew immediately when it selected him that he would certainly command that type of a deal.
Once the formalities are sorted out and Buxton passes his physical, it's expected that the Twins will put the finishing touches on everything and announce a deal in the coming days. Seeing as how Minnesota is currently riding a four-game winning streak and looks like a much-improved team on the field, the upcoming week might just be filled with a bunch good news for Minnesota baseball fans.
When the Houston Astros came to terms with Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall draft selection in this week's First-Year Player Draft, Correa ended up signing for much less than the recommended signing bonus amount of $7.2 million (he ended up signing for $4.8 million). Despite the Astros getting a discount for their top-pick, the Minnesota Twins have no plans to allow that to impact the negotiations with the team's top-pick, Byron Buxton.
According to twincities.com:
That Correa signed for significantly less than the recommended bonus shouldn't adversely affect the Twins' ability to sign Buxton, VP for player personnel Mike Radcliff said Friday morning, June 8.
"We've taken our players realizing what we think we're going to have to pay," Radcliff said.
The recommended signing bonus for Buxton is $6.2 million. The Twins are expecting that signing him will be fairly easy and it may come as early as next week (assuming he passes a physical).
The 18 year old outfielder is scheduled to be in Minneapolis on June 11 in order to get a physical done, after which the contract negotiations will begin. The recommended signing bonus via baseballs new signing agreements is $6.2 million.
If the No. 2 overall pick signs quickly with the Twins, he should start his minor league career with the Twins' rookie level team in Fort Meyers, Florida. If he does well there during the short two and a half month season, he will move up to their higher level rookie team in Elizabethtown, Tennessee. At that point it will be all about performance -- Buxton hit .513 at his high school in Georgia before being drafted and will look to have similar success in the lower levels of the Twins system.
The Twins used their second overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft to pick outfielder Byron Buxton, and he may be in the farm system much sooner rather than later once he gets a deal inked with the team.
According to the Twins blog at Twincities.com, once Buxton is signed officially by Minnesota he is likely to head down to Fort Meyers, Florida. That's where the GCL Twins play, Minnesota's rookie ball affiliate. By the end of the year, he could move up a level to Elizabethton, the Twins high rookie affiliate.
Pending physicals for Buxton and everyone else picked by the Twins, we just have to wait and see how soon the team and player can work out a signing. More than likely, it won't happen until after the final 25 draft rounds are finished, of course. The rules of the new CBA require all players to be signed by July 13 under the new system, but it's made easier with the new allocated money system.
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The Minnesota Twins took the player they felt had the most potential when they made Byron Buxton the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. In doing so, they passed on pitcher Mark Appel -- who apparently had some signability issues, something the Twins don't foresee being a problem with their new center fielder.
High school phenoms are sometimes hard to sign, but Twins director of scouting Daron Johnson said during media availability on Monday night that Minnesota doesn't believe signing Buxton will be a problem.
The Twins will have until July 13 to sign Buxton, who would receive a $6.2 million signing bonus if he is paid according to MLB's slot for the No. 2 pick. They have roughly $12.36 million to spend on their 13 picks in the first 10 rounds of the draft, which is more than any team in baseball. A good chunk of that money will go to Buxton, but Johnson didn't think signing him would be a problem.
"This kid wants to play. He's a baseball player," Johnson said. "He's ready to get his career started. I saw this kid probably six times. Had lunch with him twice. Met the family, know the family. We know this kid very well. He's a tremendous kid."
Hopefully he really wants to play baseball so his ascent to the majors is a quick one.
Byron Buxton was selected by the Minnesota Twins with the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft on Monday night. It wasn't surprising considering the majority of the mock drafts had the team and player linked, but there was quite a bit of speculation it wouldn't end up like this when the Houston Astros opted for Carlos Correa instead of Mark Appel.
The Twins stuck to their guns, however and went with the high school phenom from Georgia. It's difficult to project exactly when and what kind of impact he'll have in the majors, but SB Nation's John Sickels seems to think he'll be a solid player judging by his scouting report on Minnesota's newest prospect.
Byron Buxton, OF, Appling County HS, Baxley, GA: Listed at 6-1, 175, Buxton is a spectacular athlete with blazing speed and an outstanding throwing arm. Opinions differ about his bat; he's strong enough to hit for considerable power, but his swing is still a work in progress and his plate discipline needs improvement. He is a prototype high-risk/high-reward player who could develop into a superstar, a bust, or anything in between. Buxton is committed to the University of Georgia.
The Twins need pitching in the system, but this multi-tooled talent was too much to pass up. He will need considerable development time, particularly with the bat, but he has the physical ability to be an All-Star.
It should be fun watching him come up, along with fellow top prospect Miguel Sano, through the minors. Hopefully Minnesota is able to add a few more potential-laden players with their other two picks on Monday night.
The Minnesota Twins are certainly not the best team in baseball this season, but with the help of the 2012 MLB Draft, the team might be on its way to getting better. It's difficult to judge picks in baseball, but the Twins seem to have made a solid pick with new second overall pick Byron Buxton.
The Twins had everyone but first overall pick Carlos Correa available on the board -- even Mark Appel, who was expected to be the top pick -- but, in a move that shouldn't be shocking, they decided to take the high school outfielder from Georgia. The most recent mock drafts indicated this would be the case and, although SB Nation's Minor League Ball ranked him as the fifth best prospect, Buxton seems to have plenty of tools.
Blazing fast, cannon arm, grade A tools but I have enough questions about his bat to put him behind Correa. University of Georgia commitment.
The Twins also have two other picks on Monday night, but neither will be scrutinized as much as Buxton is with the second overall pick.
The Minnesota Twins are essentially on the clock in the 2012 MLB Draft considering the Houston Astros are likely to take Mark Appel. Rumors have been swirling all of Monday regarding what the Twins are going to do with the second overall pick, but the latest news indicates that the team is going to go with the consensus and draft Byron Buxton.
Buxton, a high school outfielder from Georgia, has been projected to the Twins in the majority of the mock drafts. The Pioneer Press says not to be surprised if the Twins go with Kevin Gausman, but the Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal posted Monday evening that Buxton is apparently Minnesota's top option.
Twins director of player personnel Mike Radcliff said they have yet to confirm what Houston's intentions are and will be prepared for any scenario when it's their turn to pick.
The Twins have narrowed their choices to Appel and Buxton. They worked out shortstop Carlos Correa in recent weeks, but he apparently isn't worth that high of a pick in their eyes. They apparently have backed off of USF righthander Kyle Zimmer, a pitcher they scouted extensively this year.
It is interesting that Gausman wasn't even mentioned by Neal considering the Press and ESPN's Keith Law both mentioned him earlier in the day. Luckily the draft begins soon and we'll all be able to hear the pick right from the horse's mouth.
ESPN.com's Keith Law projects the Minnesota Twins to select H.S. OF Byron Buxton with their No. 2 overall pick.
MLB Mock Drafts are not as pundit-heavy as NFL Mock Drafts, but they still exist. Who do they believe the Twins will take with the second overall selection?
The Minnesota Twins essentially need all the help they can get so it'd be pretty easy to say the team should just take the best player available in the upcoming draft. Unfortunately it's a bit harder to tell the best available players in baseball as opposed to other sport so -- thankfully -- ESPN has released its first official 2012 MLB mock draft.
The Twins were said to be high on Kyle Zimmer when ESPN Insider Keith Law released his top prospects list last week, but that's apparently no longer the case. Now it seems as though Minnesota's either hoping Stanford pitcher Mark Appel falls to them or a different pitcher impresses them.
If neither of those options work out, it seems Minnesota is apparently ready to settle on Byron Buxton. Buxton, a 6-foot-1 senior at Appling County High School in Baxley, Ga., was described earlier this year as "by far the best upside prospect in this year's draft, as his body and off-the-charts athleticism have earned him comparisons to players from the Uptons to Matt Kemp to Eric Davis to Willie Mays."
Law's mock draft writeup on Buxton and the Twins doesn't include quite as much optimism, though, as he seems to indicate that the Twins would be better off falling in love with a pitcher.
They were presumed to be on San Francisco right-hander Kyle Zimmer until the past few weeks, when Zimmer's velocity slipped and he missed a start with a hamstring injury. Appel seems to be the other option here, or perhaps prep right-hander Lucas Giolito now that teams are getting more and more comfortable with reports on his elbow injury, which caused him to miss most of the year.
Starting pitching is certainly a problem, but if Buxton is as much of a prospect as advertised, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to take a look at him -- the Twins can't get any worse, anyway, and at least it'd be exciting to have another high-caliber prospect in the minors.
With the Twins drafting the number two overall pick in June, let's look at a number of players who they might be scouting right now.
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