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Twins agree to terms with No. 2 overall pick Byron Buxton

Jun 11, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

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La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins have agreed to terms with 2012 No. 2 overall pick Byron Buxton, pending a physical.

Neal’s colleague Joe Christensen was told by Buxton’s agent yesterday that the two sides were close to a deal. The 18-year-old outfielder arrived in Minneapolis today and met with the Twins at Target Field.

No word yet on the amount of Buxton’s bonus, but the slot recommendation for the No. 2 pick is $6.2 million. The Astros gave No. 1 pick Carlos Correa a $4.8 million bonus, well under the slot recommendation of $7.2 million, but that may or may not have an impact on Buxton.

Buxton was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in this year’s draft class by Baseball America and has the proverbial “five tools” that make talent evaluators salivate. The Georgia native is expected to begin his pro career with the Twins’ rookie league team in Fort Myers, Florida.

  1. noozehound - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    can’t wait to see him and Sano. 2014 can’t cone soon enough.

  2. randygnyc - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    This kid wants to play baseball!!!!

  3. norseman81 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    You mean 2016.

  4. stex52 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Do we have a number for the contract yet?

  5. mnrube23 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    not a great baseball mind, but why can’t a guy start right a way in the MLB if he is “ready” and I’m not talking this guy just in general?

    • brewcitybummer - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      Very few are ready. For the most part it becomes a question of is there anything left for a guy to learn in the minors? If there is you want him to learn it there and not in the majors where he will be accumulating service time and therefore getting closer to arbitration and free agency. Essentially, most teams are trying to maximize how much production they get out of player during the 6 years they have him under control.

    • georgebrett - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      There is way to much to learn to be able to hit and play at te MLB level. Knowing counts, knowing the game in general. Seeing great arms day in and day out. Travel, playing every day. The list continues and all is a learning curve that takes a lot of knowledge and then perform.

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