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Twins No. 1 Pick Byron Buxton Should Go To GCL Twins When Signed

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, 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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