The speculation has gone on for well over a year. If only we could get Buxton, Hicks, and X in the outfield not many balls would drop. We Twins fans are getting close to the day when this speculation will be reality. Buxton is hitting well in Rochester and looks to be a cinch to be recalled at least by the time rosters are expanded. Hicks and Eddie Rosario have manned center field and a corner for more than half of the season. All three players are healthy, so at least by Labor Day, the Twins should have the best defensive outfield they have had in quite some time. Could it be better than the "Soul Patrol" (Hunter, Jones and Lawton)? I think so, Jones never had a great throwing arm and Lawton graded out as average on the corners and worse than that in center.
The Twins group could be special. All three have above-average speed and good throwing arms. Of course, they would need to hit to stay in the lineup. Buxton could be the gem, with his game-changing speed, fine instincts and good arm.
I think Eddie Rosario has shown, despite more than his share of errors, that he can be a fine defensive corner outfielder. I am particularly impressed with his throwing. While his arm strength doesn't match Hicks or Buxton, he charges balls very well, plays balls off the wall adroitly and the arm is accurate. Because of this, and the smaller right field at Target Field, I think the configuration should be Hicks in left, Buxton in center and Rosario in right.