Twins give Buxton another challenge this fall

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 11, 2013 - 6:51 AM

The team decided to send him to suburban Phoenix for six weeks, offering him a spot in the Arizona Fall League that rarely goes to position players with only one full season behind them.

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knucklecurveNov. 10, 13 9:44 PM

Rosario came up an outfielder - play him in center (much better than Hicks/Thomas?) Put Kepler in right (much better than Parmalie/ Doumit) just do something different this year, please?

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twinsfanwy1Nov. 10, 1310:33 PM

Hey knucklecurve, Buxton is our future in CF. The Twins efforts to re-acclimate Rosario with the outfield is a good one. One thing about Rosario is he can hit. And he's going to be a good player. But Dozier's emergence as a quality second baseman who can put up decent offensive numbers has given the Twins pause. The Twins just need to try to get Rosario's bat in the lineup. It will probably happen this season at some point. And as far as CF goes, Presley, Hicks, or Mastroianni can fill that spot until Buxton's ready. Its going to be exciting watching Twins baseball when Sano, Rosario, Buxton and Meyerm amongst others are finally called up.

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fuzzypilgrimNov. 10, 1310:59 PM

Well, Buxton is already starting to become a Minnesota Twin, with a shoulder strain (nagging injury) and a challenge to hit to the opposite field.

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Jakein08Nov. 11, 13 6:17 AM

Hey fuzzy, did you read the part about Buxton hitting 3 HRs in his short stint in the Az. league? Good hitters use the entire field, that is MLB, not just Twins. Buxton is going to be a star at the MLB level, wait and see.

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jacksoncageNov. 11, 13 8:45 AM

Hey Jakein08, good hitters like Ortiz use the whole field. That's why none of them play for the Twins.

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mike2636Nov. 11, 13 9:53 AM

I love how we have to throw the "until he is ready" comment in there all the time. The World Champs had 19 year-old starting at 3B is the World Series who 1/8 the prospect this guy is. One of the best players in the game Manny Machsdo will be in his third year for the Orioles this year and I think he might be 21 now.....If you are going to lose 90+ then lets not waste those AB's on the likes of Darin Mastionni and Co. I'd rather suffer with the future learning and being coached by the supposed best in your organization than this endless waiting game played by this organization. The "Twins Way" has gotten stale and it needs some freshening up. The major league club should be packed with first year players on day one next year.

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nshoreNov. 11, 1310:11 AM

Buxton tweaked his shoulder, so Twins' doctors are recommending tommy john surgery...I agree with knucklecurve- put Rosario in CF, also Buxton in LF and Hicks in RF. Three centerfielders that could cover every square inch of the TF outfield, and they would all be interchangeable. Corner outfielders traditionally have more pop, which is the only reason to put Hicks and Buxton on the corners. Any outfield position for those three would work. They're going to struggle to start out, but nothing would be more painful than watching Twins' outfielders last year.

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johnnygringoNov. 11, 1310:27 AM

Mike , You do know most players best years are from 26-31 years of age right? If Ken Griffy JR. was a twin he wouldnt of seen the majors till age 24. Also Nshore, with the vast outfield at target stadium we do need speed , and more speed to cover it, Also with it being a pitchers park , wouldnt it be nice to have a real Pitcher or 2? Imagine what Scherzer or prices ERA would be here? But with Curlys mentality, we will instead look for soft tossing controll guys and lumbering outfielders ..AKA...willingham,Arcia,and Doumit

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nshoreNov. 11, 1310:42 AM

johnnygringo - an outfield of Rosario, Buxton, and Hicks (assuming Hicks figures out which side of the plate to hit from) would be the most exciting Twins' outfield since Kirby roamed the fake grass at the Metrodome. Even if they brought Nick Blackburn back as their "ace" I might even renew my season tickets.

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fuzzypilgrimNov. 11, 1310:57 AM

Looks good on paper. But the major league ballclub and their myriad inept coaching staff is like a black hole for talent. I fear for Buxton and any of our prospects in getting there. I fear the brainwashing they will all endure by the Twins Way. The watering down of their innate talents, the re-education of their natural hitting styles being force fed to do the things at the plate that we have failed utterly at achieving at the major league level collectively. Not looking forward to it.

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