• 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. Jack Torse's Avatar
      Jack Torse -
      What ever happened to Buxton not having power? Just a look at his body profile and projecting it into his 20's makes it obvious how strong this guy will be.
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jack Torse View Post
      What ever happened to Buxton not having power? Just a look at his body profile and projecting it into his 20's makes it obvious how strong this guy will be.
      Scouts love his power potential - heck, his most common comparisons was Justin Upton. TR compared him to Sizemore. I think some fan posts might have suggested that his lack of HR in HS meant he didn't have power but those were silly posts.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Wow....pleasant surprise!
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      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...
      Ahhh, but just who is the "Black Hand"? I'd like to give that hand a shake. Buxton deserves and needs the challenge and I speculated (maybe more wishful thinking on my part) that he should get moved this month , but wow, fast-tracking a high school pitcher, as well? Definitely not the Twins Way. Those sandwich picks may pay dividends sooner than expected.

      This bold move loudly and clearly pushes every player in the organization and places them on notice to put up or prepare to be cut/traded.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      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.
      Joe Mauer played at E-Town his first summer and then to Low A at QC his second season. Are you saying that Buxton, Bard and Berrios won't start out in Beloit next year?
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Joe Mauer played at E-Town his first summer and then to Low A at QC his second season. Are you saying that Buxton, Bard and Berrios won't start out in Beloit next year?
      I am saying that they will be in A ball in the season after they were drafted (which is next season). Mauer is the exception. He signed early so like those guys ended up playing Rookie ball the season he was drafted and A ball the season after he was drafted. (And he was Mauer and he was pushed). Most of the other High Schoolers singed around August 15 or so, so they did not have much time to play the season they were drafted and started in E-town or GCL the season after they were drafted.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      > and struckout 27 baters

      Aaron Bates is back down in Rookie ball?
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Jokin, I think Thrylos believes Beloit won't be the A- affiliate of the Twins. They will start (and likely finish) at A- next year. Kepler, Buxton, D-Rod, Jimenez, and Pineda in the OF for Beloit next year?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl View Post
      Jokin, I think Thrylos believes Beloit won't be the A- affiliate of the Twins. They will start (and likely finish) at A- next year. Kepler, Buxton, D-Rod, Jimenez, and Pineda in the OF for Beloit next year?
      Thanks for the clarification. You hammered home the point I was making previously, this move pushes every OF and P in the org. to work harder to keep their jobs or expect to be traded. It's a rare and nice feeling to think that "positional blocking" might actually become a more frequent thread topic in relation to the Twins in the very near future.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      They had a couple of injuries at Eliz and needed some players. So, why not the two biggies.
    1. Celebrity Weddings!'s Avatar
      Celebrity Weddings! -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      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.
      That's not true. Parmelee, Hicks, Revere, and Benson all had between 200 and 250 plate appearances in the year they were drafted. Buxton has 102 so far, but if it weren't for the hamstring tweak he'd probably end up in the same ballpark for plate appearances.

      Every one of those guys started the year after they were drafted in full season A-ball, with Benson and Parmelee actually getting to that level in the year they were drafted for about two weeks at the end of the season. Buxton is being set up for the same thing - a spring debut in full-season A ball.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl View Post
      Jokin, I think Thrylos believes Beloit won't be the A- affiliate of the Twins. They will start (and likely finish) at A- next year. Kepler, Buxton, D-Rod, Jimenez, and Pineda in the OF for Beloit next year?
      Correct on my belief that Beloit will not be a Twins' affiliate next season.

      But A. Not A-. Just A (and I know a lot of people call the Midwest league -and the South Atlantic League- "low A" to distinguish from the "high A" Florida State and Carolina and California Leagues, but it isn't.)

      "A-" or "low A" or "short season A" is a totally different level of competition akin to Elizabethton and the other teams of Appalachian league because their seasons start after the draft. Teams in the New York Penn League and Northwestern League are low A teams.

      So 3 levels of "A" ball (as 3 levels of Rookie ball )
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Don't know if someones mentioned this cause I don't wanna read through all the posts, but IMO with the new signing deadline I think we'll see the Twins promote younger guys a bit more agressively. Not so much once they hit full-season ball, but now that you have to sign earlier and it gives kids a time to get their feet wet in the GCL or E-town. Hopefully that should lead too some kids hitting fullseason ball quickier.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      How many games left are in E-towns season? A months worth? Still happy to see what they can do in a new league...
    1. maxisagod's Avatar
      maxisagod -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      Don't know if someones mentioned this cause I don't wanna read through all the posts, but IMO with the new signing deadline I think we'll see the Twins promote younger guys a bit more agressively. Not so much once they hit full-season ball, but now that you have to sign earlier and it gives kids a time to get their feet wet in the GCL or E-town. Hopefully that should lead too some kids hitting fullseason ball quickier.
      Good point. The twins might be working on a system of wanting players to get so many at bats or innings pitched before doing promotions. This would lead to earlier promotions for key players.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      How many games left are in E-towns season? A months worth? Still happy to see what they can do in a new league...

      The regular season ends exactly 3 weeks from today (8/28) but the will make the post-season and have a couple of makeup games as well
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Think of how good E-Town will be now!!!!! They are already dominating, lol.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      The more I think on this, the more I'm not surprised. Didn't Ryan or somebody in the front office say in an interview shortly after he was drafted that they were going to do this - let him start in GCL and then move him up to Appy mid-season? And as far as his numbers, Ryan has said he doesn't put much stock in numbers at this level. He's looking at how the players are adjusting to playing professional ball and trying to gauge their emotional makeup and maturity.
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      I don't put any stock whatsoever in some "Black Hand" notion that we're seeing some dramatic change in promotion policy that ought to strike fear in the hearts of the minor league players and that spells the end for the age-addled Jim Rantz. Rantz isn't tied up somewhere in a back room. Some of you may not be aware of the reality that he doesn't decide these cases on his own. It's a simple situation, and it has past precedence, as Celebrity Weddings accurately pointed out with the Hicks, Parmelee, Benson, and Revere examples. These two players, both mercurial talents, have, as kbknudson points out, satisfied the development staff's criteria of adjusting to pro ball and displaying the necessary makeup and maturity. As Ryan says, it goes beyond numbers to things they see that we don't see. If anything is instructive from this it's that a #2 pick often has loads more talent than the guy picked 28 slots later.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I definitely think that the earlier signing deadline is very instrumental in this. Had Hudson Boyd and Travis Harrison played last year instead of waiting until mid-August to sign, they may have spent time this year in Beloit as well.

      I don't think indicates any shift in philosophy at all.
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