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Byron Buxton | Outfielder | #25

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/18/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 189
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (2) / MIN
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Byron Buxton is absent from the Twins' lineup Sunday.
Buxton picked up singles each of the last two games, but his season batting line still sits at a lowly .109/.155/.145. Eddie Rosario has slid over to center field, while Danny Santana will get a start in left. Apr 23 - 11:15 AM

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Byron Buxton was removed for a pinch-hitter after striking out and popping out in his two plate appearances Thursday.

The Twins had just four hits in this one, so Buxton wasn't the only one struggling. Still, his batting average slipped to .082 before he was lifted. The Twins need to stick with him; his defense is very valuable and he really has nothing left to prove in the minors. It's not likely to all click at once, though.
Apr 20 - 5:45 PM

Byron Buxton is in Tuesday's lineup versus the Indians.

The struggling Buxton got the day off Monday, but he's back in the lineup Tuesday out of the No. 9 spot. The 23-year-old is batting just .093 (4-for-43) with 23 strikeouts to begin the year.
Apr 18 - 3:33 PM

Byron Buxton is not in Monday's lineup versus the Indians.

The scuffling outfielder will get a day to clear his head. Max Kepler will make the start in center field while Robbie Grossman plays right. Miguel Sano is in the DH spot and Eduardo Escobar will play third.

Byron Buxton is absent from the Twins' starting lineup on Wednesday versus the Tigers.

Buxton will take a day of mental rest after opening the season 2-for-29 (.069) with a league-leading 17 strikeouts. Eddie Rosario is starting in center field and batting eighth Wednesday afternoon against Detroit right-hander Michael Fulmer.
Apr 12 - 10:42 AM

Byron Buxton went 0-for-3 with three more strikeouts Tuesday against the Tigers.

Buxton struck out looking all three times. He was eventually passed over in favor of Max Kepler in the ninth inning. Buxton is now just 2-for-29 (.069) with 17 strikeouts and one walk to begin the season. The 23-year-old looked like he was finally putting it together down the stretch last year, but he clearly still has work to do. It’s still very early, but the Twins have to be concerned with what they are seeing right now.
Apr 11 - 3:59 PM

Byron Buxton has been moved down to the No. 8 spot in the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.

After batting third for the first four games of the season, the struggling Buxton hit seventh Saturday and is even lower Sunday. He did double Saturday but also struck out a couple more times and is now 2-for-22 with a 13/1 K/BB ratio this season.
Apr 9 - 11:13 AM

Bryon Buxton has been dropped to the seventh spot in the Twins lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox.

Twins' skipper Paul Molitor had been adamant that he wouldn't move Buxton from the third hole despite his early season struggles, but he is now 1-for-18 with 11 strikeouts, so this is the best thing for him. Miguel Sano slides into the third spot in the lineup while Joe Mauer is batting cleanup for the undefeated Twins on Saturday.
Apr 8 - 11:35 AM

Byron Buxton went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Friday against the White Sox.

Yes, the golden sombrero, as Buxton’s nightmare Opening Week continues. He’s now 1-for-18 (.056) with an 11/1 K/BB ratio to begin the year. Twins manager Paul Molitor said after Thursday’s game that he’s not considering moving Buxton out of the No. 3 spot, but it might be a good idea just to take the pressure off in the short-term.
Apr 7 - 11:56 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said after Thursday's game that he's not considering moving Byron Buxton out of the No. 3 spot in the lineup at this point.

"I'm not thinking about doing that right now," Molitor said. "We just won three games." Buxton is 1-for-14 with a 7/1 K/BB ratio on the young season, and it sounds like Molitor would think about moving the young outfielder down in the order if the Twins hadn't just swept the Royals. "We're trying to get him to just settle in," Molitor said. "Similarly to the 3-0 start, it can seem magnified. He's having a little tough time with the bat right now. Let's let it play out. Let him get some more at-bats." It appears Buxton will get a little leash in the No. 3 spot, but obviously he's going to need to turn things around at the dish before too long. The upside with Buxton remains sky-high, but there will be peaks and valleys.
Apr 7 - 10:36 AM

Byron Buxton will hit third in Monday's opener against the Royals.

Buxton saw some time out of the leadoff spot this spring, but Twins manager Paul Molitor ultimately settled on putting the dynamic youngster in the third spot while installing Brian Dozier as his leadoff man. The Twins obviously hope that Buxton's big power surge down the stretch last year is a sign of things to come. The full lineup for Minnesota against Danny Duffy: Dozier 2B, Robbie Grossman DH, Buxton CF, Joe Mauer 1B, Miguel Sano 3B, Jason Castro C, Jorge Polanco SS, Max Kepler RF, Eddie Rosario RF. Ervin Santana will start for the Twins.
Apr 3 - 11:15 AM

Byron Buxton, hitting out of the third spot in the Twins' lineup, went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Friday's Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles.

He has spent most of his time batting leadoff this spring, but Brian Dozier was there on Friday as manager Paul Molitor looks to be tinkering with potential lineups. The boost to his counting stats if he were to open the season hitting third could be substantial.
Mar 24 - 10:26 PM

Byron Buxton homered and doubled as the Twins' leadoff man Sunday.

Buxton has led off each time he's started this spring, and he's gone 6-for-22 with four extra-base hits and a couple of walks. We doubt he'll have the OBP to be a quality leadoff man for the Twins this year, but that's where the team wants to use him and if it follows through with it, his fantasy value would get a boost.
Mar 12 - 4:54 PM

Hitting leadoff, Byron Buxton went 0-for-3 with a couple of strikeouts Friday against the Marlins.

He's hitting .222/.300/.389 in 18 at-bats. The Twins are hoping that Buxton steps up and becomes their leadoff man to begin the season, but there's just so little reason to think that's where he belongs right now. He's currently sporting a .274 OBP in 427 at-bats as a major leaguer, and while improvement is likely in store, he should hit at the bottom of the lineup until he demonstrates he's ready to move up.
Mar 10 - 5:37 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor indicated Monday that Byron Buxton could hit his way into the leadoff spot this spring.

It came up when Molitor was asked where Joe Mauer would bat this season. "How Buxton comes along, how that’s going to affect (Brian) Dozier in some regard, there’s just a trickle-down there in where people could go," Molitor said. "I still like Joe up there somewhere, against right-handed pitching in particular." Buxton has spent nearly all of his time with the Twins at the bottom of the batting order, although he did hit leadoff in last year's season finale (he homered and doubled). The former top prospect finished with a .287/.357/.653 line and nine homers last September and certainly has breakout potential in 2017. Hitting leadoff would obviously boost his fantasy appeal, and he could wind up there eventually even if he starts the year hitting low in the order.
Feb 27 - 5:47 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Chris Gimenez
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3Ehire Adrianza
3B1Miguel Sano
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
2Danny Santana
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Robbie Grossman
2Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Phil Hughes
3Hector Santiago
4Kyle Gibson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Glen Perkins
4Michael Tonkin
5Tyler Duffey
6Taylor Rogers
7Craig Breslow
8Ryan O'Rourke
9Matt Belisle
10Justin Haley
11Nick Tepesch
12Trevor May