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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:30 PM

Minnesota Twins grooming, nurturing young prospect Byron Buxton - TwinCities.com

The Pioneer Press scribe penned a nice article on Twins top 2012 pick Byron Buxton. There are comparisons to Torii Hunter and to Andrew McCutcheon. Find out what he spent some of his $6-million bonus on? Does he miss playing football, a sport he was incredibly good at. What former professional athlete is his cousin? Very nice article!

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:05 PM

This kid is going to be special. Very few kids have his talent. Even fewer have his work ethics.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:34 AM

I enjoyed the article and love Buxton's back story and his attitude.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:25 AM

It's a good sign that he's expected to play at Cedar Rapids.

Expected to open his first full pro season at Class A Cedar Rapids . . . .

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:10 AM

It's a good sign that he's expected to play at Cedar Rapids.

I thought so, too. The average batter age in A ball is 21.5. Thought he'd spend a year in Rookie ball.
They must feel he has the makeup to be pushed. Cool.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:46 AM

I'd hope Cedar Rapids is his landing spot. It's not a race or anything but a good half dozen or so high schoolers already tasted A ball last year. It's not exactly an excellerated push by putting the #2 overall pick in the Midwest League his second season as a pro.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:21 PM

It's possibly a benefit of the new CBA's accelerated signing date. Maybe Buxton's one of those guys who would have signed quickly anyway and gotten a short-season in after signing, but you never know. It's just as possible that he would have gotten half the PAs in (or less) than he did and we'd be looking at extended spring training almost for sure.
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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:21 AM

I hope Buxton will be there, I want to see him when we put our little trip together.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:14 PM

Good article and a great insight into the kind of character the Twins drafted last year. Both he and Berrios are *really* impressive in that regard.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:13 PM

I just spent the past week down in Ft. Myers and watched quite a few practices and minor league games. I saw Byron hit a triple to the left field gap. He was passing second base
when the center fielder was picking up the ball. He cruised into 3rd and could have just as well been standing up. He was flying. I also saw Byron strike out some also. Bear in mind that they were just starting to play games so he's still trying to get his timing down. I was told he hit a HR the day before (Monday the 11th) but I wasn't there. Byron definitely needs to fill out a little bit but he's still very young. Even though he needs to fill out, he still possesses above average power. He's a great kid. Everyone seemed to be watching Byron when he was up to bat including Mr. Ryan who was a regular out there standing between the fields every day.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:41 PM

I really like these updates, tellis. Thanks for sharing them.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 01:35 PM

Buxton cut down a runner tagging from 3rd at the plate today with a good acurate throw on the fly. It's only one throw each, but it was alot stronger arm than I saw Wil Myers show yesterday.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 01:42 PM

I really like these updates, tellis. Thanks for sharing them.

Agreed. Keep these great updates coming!