• Byron Buxton, Jose Berrios Promoted to Elizabethton

    In a move that is rather surprising, Twins Daily has learned the 2012 first-round draft pick Byron Buxton and supplemental first-round pick Jose (J.O.) Berrios have been promoted to short-season Elizabethton.

    Buxton, an 18-year-old outfielder from rural Georgia, was the #2 overall pick in this June's draft. He signed a $6 million signing bonus and reported to Ft. Myers. He missed about ten days with a hamstring injury, but has been playing well of late. In 27 games with the GCL Twins, Buxton is 19-88, hitting .216/.324/.466 (.789). He has four doubles, three triples, four home runs and 14 RBI. He has also stolen 14 bases.

    Berrios, an 18-year-old right-hander from Puerto Rico, was the first of two supplemental first round picks the Twins had in the 2012 draft. He has been terrific for the GCL Twins. In eight games, he has thrown 16.2 innings. He has given up just seven hits, walked three and struckout 27 baters. He is 1-0 with four saves and a 1.08 ERA.

    Buxton and Berrios will join the Twins other second-round pick in Elizabethton. Right-hander Luke Bard also recently started pitching for the E-Twins after signing and doing some rehab work in the GCL. Also, the two Twins supplemental draft picks from the 2011 draft, 3B Travis Harrison and RHP Hudson Boyd are playing for the E-Twins.

    The Elizabethton Twins find themselves in a familiar place a top the Appalachian League West Division. They are currently 29-14 and 5 1/2 games ahead of Johnson City and Greeneville.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Buxton, Berrios Promoted to Elizabethton started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Are there any corresponding moves for ELIZ???? 4 SOLID OFs there now.
      Not surprised as both are gonna start in BEL next yr/desereve it w/play, but this is the Twins organization....so that is a BIG surprise.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      No other moves at this time.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      This is awesome.
    1. Mike in SD's Avatar
      Mike in SD -
      Cool, I've been meaning to make a trip to the Midwest to visit family--perhaps I should plan a trip to Beloit. [Ack, I see I misread the team they're being sent to...]

      Seth, did you hear any updates on Tim Shibuya on your trip (or otherwise)? I think that was him in a Snappers twitter pic as Sanó's interpreter during a radio interview recently, but I haven't heard anything in almost a month.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Great for them and a smart for the Twins to promote when they ought to do so.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mike in SD View Post
      Seth, did you hear any updates on Tim Shibuya on your trip (or otherwise)? I think that was him in a Snappers twitter pic as Sanó's interpreter during a radio interview recently, but I haven't heard anything in almost a month.
      He is rehabbing in Ft. Myers after an MRI in Minnesota. And, that probably was him. He has been used as an interpreter several times.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      This seems like good news. It would be great if Buxton could advance rapidly.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      For an organization that has been criticized on occasion for moving prospects along too slowly, this is a bold and welcome statement.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Well, shoot, good for them but it means I won't get to see them. They were the only reason I was thinking of going to the GCL game tomorrow.
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      COunt me as excited if they are going to promote faster.
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      Well that is unexpected, but welcome news. It's good to see the Twins promote some players a little quicker than usual.
    1. Mauerzy4Prez's Avatar
      Mauerzy4Prez -
      In the case of Berrios, the numbers don't lie and it really sounds like he deserved this. Not sure if you all remember when we drafted him, but he is a hell of an athlete, and I have very high hopes for him.

      Buxton's numbers don't necessarily show it, but this is another good move. He came off the hamstring injury great, and I think it is smart to keep giving him challenges. Very exciting and cool news for the farm system!!!
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      Buxton was the 2nd pick, not the 22nd pick, and his promotion (and Berrios"s) is likely based on readiness, not some big philosophical change of thinking about promotions. So, great news!
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Wow, I didn't see that coming. What a difference from years past. Buxton wouldn't even have played in previous years and now, he is not only playing but has been promoted to Elizabethton.
    1. Jeff P's Avatar
      Jeff P -
      It will be fun to see how they do at this next level up. I check the box scores but had apparently not clicked through to Berrios' overall numbers so I did not realize how amazing he has been: 16 2/3 inn, 7 hits, 2ER, 3BB, 27K.

      Buxton's numbers after his 1-27 start are very good: .295/.377/.656. He is striking out a lot which is a concern but in any case I am glad the Twins are challenging him these last few weeks of the season to see what he can do.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Berrios was clearly ready based on his numbers... Buxton kind of surprised me, though if you subtract the slow start, eh hasn't been bad.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Interesting. Add this to the list of unusual for the Twins minor league moves this season. If I were to venture a guess, I'd say that I would not be surprised if Jim Rantz officially announces his retirement in September/October. These look to me like someone else's moves...
    1. Celebrity Weddings!'s Avatar
      Celebrity Weddings! -
      Is this really that odd? Benson and Parmelee both saw time at Beloit in 2006. And Revere and Hicks both skipped E-Town so their lone assignment in the first season after being drafted was in Beloit. The group of high school pitchers is comparatively smaller, but Rainville and Swarzak actually logged substantial innings at Ft. Myers in the first year after their draft. Waldrop and Robertson both logged a lot of innings at Beloit in the year after their draft.

      It seems like the team has some varied approaches to the same end with 1/2 round positional HS talents: Get them in full season ball by the year after their draft. Both Buxton and Berrios are being positioned for that.
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      I swear I read somewhere that Berrios might be one of the fastest to the majors high schoolers picked in the last draft but now I can't find that link. It was based on him being physically mature and having played in a lot more competition baseball in PR than a normal HS kid.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Celebrity Weddings! View Post
      Is this really that odd? Benson and Parmelee both saw time at Beloit in 2006. And Revere and Hicks both skipped E-Town so their lone assignment in the first season after being drafted was in Beloit. The group of high school pitchers is comparatively smaller, but Rainville and Swarzak actually logged substantial innings at Ft. Myers in the first year after their draft. Waldrop and Robertson both logged a lot of innings at Beloit in the year after their draft..
      There is a difference and has to do with moving up the signing deadline this season. For all of the guys you are mentioning, their first pro season was the season after the one they were drafted, unlike Buxton and Berrios. If these two start next season in A ball (won't be Beloit, but some other place), it would be the equivalent of Revere and Hicks (or another high schooler) starting their pro seasons in A ball, which just hasn't happened with the Twins.
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