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Wily Mo Pena?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:53 PM
In my 40+ years of being a Twins' fan, this has to be one of the most perplexing rumors I've ever heard.... Why???   http://www.mlbt...
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Article: Twins Win Posting for Korean LHP Hyeon-Jong Yang

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:56 PM
The Minnesota Twins have won the posting for South Korean 26-year-old pitcher Hyeon-Jong Yang per Pioneer Press’ Mike Berardino. This mea...
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Sickels releases his Twins Top 20

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 03:48 PM
http://www.minorleag...or-2015-sickels     A few names from last year have graduated, a few have moved up, a few have stayed th...
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Article: REPORT: Neil Allen to be Hired as Pitching Coach

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:34 PM
The Star Tribune is reporting that the Minnesota Twins will select Neil Allen as their next pitching coach.Last week, we learned that the...
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Walters: Hunter/Twins Have Mutual Interest

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:50 AM
Pioneer Press scribe Charley Walters chatted with Torii Hunter about his interest in returning to the Twins. Hunter was at his son's game...
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Twins Select Byron Buxton #2 Overall In MLB Draft

Attached Image: buxton_byron.jpg With the second overall pick in the 2012, the Minnesota Twins selected high school outfielder Byron Buxton out of Appling County High School in Baxley, Georgia. In doing so, they chose one of the consensus most talented prospects, but one with his share of risks.

Buxton’s athleticism has earned comparisons to Eric Davis, Matt Kemp and even Willie Mays. (Read that last sentence again.) He is blessed with speed that is among the top seen in a prospect and an arm that has hit 97 miles per hour when throwing from a mound. He projects to stay in center field. He’s dominated his competition, and shows all the physical traits of a natural hitter who should add power.

Like most first round picks, he is not without risks. Even again sub-standard competition, he only hit three home runs in his senior year. But he shows significantly more power in BP and in a home run Derby in Wrigley he hit the last row of the left field bleachers with one blast., finishing second in that competition. He is obviously far away from contributing to a big league club and the Twins as an organization are more starved for pitching talent than hitting talent.

Opinions vary slightly on the top talent at the draft, but nearly everybody had him listed as a top three position player and most listed him at #1. Also, there is almost nobody who doesn’t believe he has the highest upside of anyone in the draft. At the very least, the Twins chose one of the most interesting players available.

For more on Buxton, check out this summary of him by the Houston Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. For a more entertaining read, including a few mind-blowing non-baseball examples of Buxton’s athletic ability, check out this Sports Illustrated story.


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