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Byron Buxton | Outfielder

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (21) / 12/18/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 189
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Byron Buxton struggled in Friday's win over the Astros, finishing 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Hey, it could have been worse. He could have struck out four times, as he did on Thursday. The rookie is 16-for-75 with three doubles, a triple and no homers this season. The numbers have been poor to this point, but at just 21 years old, it's not a surprise that he's found tough sledding early on. Things will improve. Aug 29 - 12:38 AM

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Byron Buxton struck out all four times he was up Thursday before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

The Twins have been awfully aggressive in pushing Buxton into the leadoff spot, but while he did OK in the first two games against the Rays, he looks more like a bottom-of-the-order guy right now. He's struck out in 16 straight games, and he's hit .225 with a 27/3 K/BB ratio in 71 at-bats overall. He's also been thrown out on two of his three steal attempts.
Aug 27 - 11:11 PM

Byron Buxton went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

Buxton's RBI single against the Oriole bullpen in the seventh inning snapped a 2-2 tie. He's 5-for-14 since returning to the Twin lineup on August 20. An injury to Aaron Hicks has opened up playing time for the 21-year-old phenom, who had hit .412/.444/.549 in 54 plate appearances at Triple-A since healing up from a thumb injury that sidelined him in late June. Buxton has the potential to be a legitimate impact bat down the stretch, though owners should obviously be patient if he runs into a few cold streaks along the way.
Aug 23 - 12:56 AM

Byron Buxton is batting leadoff in his return to the Twins on Thursday night against the Orioles.

Buxton hasn't appeared in a game for the Twins since June 24, but he's over his thumb injury and had been raking for the last week or so at Triple-A Rochester. The 21-year-old has a direct line to regular playing time with Aaron Hicks (hamstring) sidelined and carries huge fantasy potential for the stretch run.
Aug 20 - 3:47 PM

Twins recalled OF Byron Buxton from Triple-A Rochester.

Aaron Hicks' hamstring injury finally freed up a roster spot for Buxton, who will take over as the Twins' everyday center fielder. He's been on fire at Triple-A since getting over a thumb injury, slashing .412/.444/.549 in 54 plate appearances. The 21-year-old top prospect should be owned and now starting in most standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 19 - 4:29 PM

Twins OF prospect Byron Buxton bopped his first Triple-A homer Sunday in a win for Rochester.

Buxton also contributed a walk-off single in the 12th inning. He's hit .404 with six RBI over his 11-game hitting streak. The 21-year-old struggled during his 11-game stint in the majors earlier this year but has had no trouble finding his groove at Triple-A. The game's best prospect is expected to join the Twins for the stretch run next month. It might happen sooner if he keeps hitting like this.
Source: MILB.com
Aug 17 - 2:43 PM

Twins activated OF Byron Buxton from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Rochester.

It's a very surprising demotion given that Buxton was 5-for-12 on his minor league rehab assignment. He didn't hit much in his first cup of coffee with the Twins before suffering a thumb injury in late June, but the 21-year-old center fielder is maybe the top prospect in baseball and could probably help stop the sudden nosedive that is going on in Minnesota. It appears the Twins are more concerned with Buxton's service time than trying to get back into the American League Wild Card race.
Aug 10 - 1:26 PM

Byron Buxton (thumb) didn't show any signs of rust in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Rochester on Friday, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

The dynamic young outfielder has been sidelined since June 26 due to a sprained thumb. He will need another couple of games on his rehab assignment, but if all continues to go well look for him to rejoin the Twins at some point next week.
Source: MILB.com
Aug 8 - 8:55 AM

Byron Buxton (thumb) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Rochester.

Buxton has been playing in simulated games since last week without issue. The young top outfield prospect should return to the Twins' active roster sometime next week if he's able to avoid setbacks. Buxton has been on the shelf since June 26 with a sprained thumb.
Aug 5 - 4:37 PM

Byron Buxton (thumb) will take batting practice on the field Thursday before then beginning to play in simulated games at the Twins' spring training complex.

It's unclear how many sim games he'll need, but if they go well Buxton will then be cleared for a rehab assignment. There had been some talk that the young outfielder could be out until as long as late August, but it's looking like it will definitely be sooner than that if he can avoid a setback.
Jul 29 - 12:52 PM

Byron Buxton (thumb) took batting practice on Tuesday.

He'll continue to take BP this week and could go through other pregame drills by the weekend. Buxton could be sent to the Twins' spring training complex next week if he continues to progress. The young outfielder isn't expected to be activated until mid- to late-August.
Jul 29 - 9:43 AM

Byron Buxton (thumb) could miss as much as a month more of action.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan thinks that timeline "might be a bit of a stretch," but it's clear that the club will take its time with Buxton's recovery from sprained ligaments in his left thumb. Buxton began resistance drills underwater on Thursday and will begin hitting off a tee and doing flip drills this weekend. He could take batting practice on Thursday or Friday if all goes well. Ryan said that Buxton's rehab assignment will be "lengthy" since he's missed so much time.
Jul 26 - 10:42 AM

Byron Buxton (thumb) could resume full baseball activities by this weekend.

Buxton has been doing running and throwing drills but has yet to swing a bat. He could be cleared to do that after being re-evaluated in the next couple days. The young outfielder has missed nearly a month of action due to a sprained left thumb.
Jul 21 - 7:27 PM

Byron Buxton (thumb) has been able to do running and throwing drills, but has yet to be cleared to begin swinging a bat.

Buxton sustained a sprained left thumb in late June on a stolen base attempt. Barring any setbacks, he should be able to return to the Twins lineup in late July.
Jul 9 - 10:38 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor told Dana Wessel of 96.3 FM in Minneapolis that Byron Buxton (thumb) will be sidelined for "probably at least a month."

Buxton suffered a left thumb sprain Tuesday on a stolen base attempt. He played the next day, which obviously wasn't a good idea and he wound up going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. The Twins could put Danny Santana back in center field while Buxton is out, with Shane Robinson and Aaron Hicks (when he returns from the disabled list) also representing options.
Jun 26 - 10:52 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Eduardo Nunez
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Eddie Rosario
2Shane Robinson
CF1Byron Buxton
RF1Torii Hunter
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Miguel Sano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Tommy Milone
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Kevin Jepsen
3Blaine Boyer
4Casey Fien
5Brian Duensing
6Neal Cotts
7Kyle Gibson
8Trevor May
9Ryan O'Rourke
10Ryan Pressly