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Minnesota Twins Impressed So Far By Byron Buxton

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

"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.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.