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Game Thread: Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Soxs 3/29/2017

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:28 AM
1:05 PM ET Twins Ervin Santana ® Red Sox Rick Porcello ®   Projected lineups:   1. J.B. Shuck (L) RF 2. Danny Santana (...
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2017 MLB draft thread

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:26 AM
Baring some sort of scenario where the Twins manage to win the next 8, the Braves lose the next 8, and win the tie breaker, we'll be pick...
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Article: 2017 Twins Player Predictions: Brian Dozier

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:25 AM
After an offseason of rumors, Brian Dozier is still with the Twins. The second baseman gives the team a reliable bat in their lineup. He...
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Bullpen: Who you got at this point?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:24 AM
I would go: Kintzler Pressly Rogers Belisle Breslow Wimmers Haley
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Fangraphs (and other national publications) on the Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:18 AM
I'm just going to post here whenever they do an article on the Twins.   Today, they have one on Trevor May (noting some changes in s...
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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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