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Go Bold: Trade for Gerrit Cole

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:18 AM
As we're all discussing ways to improve the pitching staff, one name seems to be forgotten around here... Gerrit Cole.  The Pirates...
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Second-favorite team

Other Baseball Today, 12:18 AM
The Hate-watch thread made me start to think about this--who is my second-favorite team? (No, my second-favorite team, not my second-favo...
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Article: AFL Report – Week 1: Paul, Jay, Vasquez Stand Ou...

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 09:01 PM
(This report includes the games played through 10/15)Minnesota Twins prospects in the Arizona Fall League are playing on the roster of th...
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Fangraphs (and other national publications) on the Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 08:26 PM
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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2017 Twins Report Cards

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 08:31 PM
Posting them here so people can check them out. Did this series last year and it was fairly well received.   First up: Matt Belisle:...
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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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