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Byron Buxton | Outfielder | #25

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/18/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 189
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (2) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Twins optioned OF Byron Buxton to Triple-A Rochester.
Buxton was hitting even worse this year than he did last year. Maybe a few weeks of games against a lower level of pitching expertise will help awaken the bat. As it stands, the 22-year-old former No. 1 overall prospect is a .195/.239/.316 hitter in 187 major league plate appearances. Apr 25 - 3:21 PM

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Byron Buxton is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Nationals.

It looks like it's just a day of rest for Buxton who has really struggled at the plate early in the season. Max Kepler will start in his place in center field and bat seventh against Tanner Roark and the Nats on Saturday in Washington.
Apr 23 - 11:01 AM

Byron Buxton (hand) has returned to the Twins' starting lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers.

While Buxton had two at-bats, stole a base, and scored two runs on Sunday, he hasn't been in the starting lineup since he was hit in the hand by a pitch on Thursday. The 22-year-old is batting just .154 (4-for-26) with 13 strikeouts so far this season, which has led to some speculation about a demotion. He's batting ninth Monday.
Apr 18 - 4:55 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Sunday that Byron Buxton (hand) is "100 percent."

The outfielder is over his hand injury, but he's out of the lineup again on Sunday with manager Paul Molitor playing Eddie Rosario in center field and Oswaldo Arcia in left. Buxton is batting just .167/.200/.250 with a 13/0 K/BB ratio and is in danger of being optioned when David Murphy is called up.
Apr 17 - 1:49 PM

Byron Buxton (hand) remained out of the Twins' lineup Sunday.

Buxton's bruised left hand is feeling better, but he'll miss a third straight start. The Twins have Eddie Rosario in center field and Oswaldo Arcia in left again.
Apr 17 - 11:16 AM

Byron Buxton (hand) took live batting practice without any issue on Saturday.

It sounds as though he was held out of Saturday's lineup as more of a precautionary measure and that he could return to action on Sunday. Buxton has really struggled at the dish in the early going, slashing .167/.200/.250 with one RBI and a 13/0 K/BB ratio in 26 plate appearances.
Apr 16 - 1:54 PM

Byron Buxton (hand) remains out of the Twins starting lineup on Friday.

Buxton felt well enough to enter Friday's game as a defensive replacement, but his hand is still bothering him when swinging the bat. Oswaldo Arcia is starting in left field and batting sixth for the Twins on Saturday.
Apr 16 - 11:23 AM

Byron Buxton (hand) saw action in Friday's victory over the Angels, appearing as a defensive replacement late in the game.

The fact that he's being used in any capacity proves that his injury isn't that serious and won't require a trip to the disabled list. He's still sore when swinging the bat, so he may remain out of the lineup for another day or two, but it doesn't look like there will be any type of extended absence.
Apr 16 - 8:12 AM

Byron Buxton said Friday that his left hand still "stings" when he swings a bat.

He's hoping to be available for pinch-running or defense Friday, although that's not a given. It's bad timing for Buxton to be banged up, as he could be fighting for his roster spot after the signing of David Murphy.
Apr 15 - 5:38 PM

Byron Buxton (hand) is not in the Twins' lineup on Friday.

Buxton exited Thursday's game after being hit on the left hand by a pith, although X-rays were negative. It's unclear whether he's still sore or if the Twins are just shaking things up with Eddie Rosario in center field and Oswaldo Arcia in left. It's possible Buxton could be send down when David Murphy comes up. The Twins also are giving Brian Dozier a day off Friday, as Eduardo Nunez is at second base.

X-rays were negative on Byron Buxton's left hand.

Buxton got hit in the hand by a Mat Latos pitch on Thursday afternoon. He stole second base (for his third career major league steal) before exiting the game. Consider the young outfielder day-to-day.
Apr 14 - 2:20 PM

Byron Buxton was removed from Thursday's game after taking a Mat Latos pitch off his hand.

He actually stole second base following the HBP and then exited. X-rays are probably coming. It was just the third steal in 55 major league games for Buxton, who had 94 steals (and 37 triples) in the minor leagues.
Apr 14 - 2:12 PM

Byron Buxton struck out in both of his plate appearances before being removed for a pinch-hitter Wednesday against the White Sox.

The Twins are losing patience in general, and Buxton might be the fall guy. The bigger issue than him being just 4-for-24 so far is that he's struck out 13 times and walked not a once. The Twins could send him down if his struggles persist, though they probably wouldn't go that route until Danny Santana is ready to come off the DL.
Apr 13 - 11:11 PM

Byron Buxton is not in the Twins' lineup Saturday against the Royals.

Buxton has struck out nine times in his first 14 at-bats this year and seems to be pressing a bit. Miguel Sano, who is in a similar slump, is also getting the day off. Danny Santana will take over for Buxton in center field and bat second.
Apr 9 - 5:04 PM

Byron Buxton went 2-for-4 with a couple of doubles against the Orioles on Wednesday evening.

Buxton showed a little bit of everything on Wednesday. He pounded out two doubles against Yovani Gallardo, but also struck out twice to leave a couple of guys on base. Despite the high-end tools, the 22-year-old still needs time to adjust at the big-league level. He struck out in 31.9 percent of his plate appearances in 2015, in 33.9 percent of the time in spring training this year, and in five of his first seven plate appearances of the 2016 season. He's a work-in-progress for the Twins.
Apr 6 - 10:37 PM

Depth Charts

C1Kurt Suzuki
2John Ryan Murphy
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Eduardo Nunez
3Jorge Polanco
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Danny Santana
RF1Miguel Sano
DH1Byung-ho Park
Starting Pitcher
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Kyle Gibson
4Ricky Nolasco
5Jose Berrios
6Tyler Duffey
7Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
R1Glen Perkins
2Kevin Jepsen
3Trevor May
4Casey Fien
5Michael Tonkin
6Ryan Pressly
7Fernando Abad
8Ryan O'Rourke
9Tommy Milone