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Updated: September 25th, 2012 4:20pm
Twins' Byron Buxton named top prospect in Gulf Coast League

Twins' Byron Buxton named top prospect in Gulf Coast League

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- On Tuesday, Baseball America named Minnesota Twins first-round draft pick Byron Buxton the top prospect in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Buxton, an 18-year-old outfielder, was selected No. 2 overall by the Twins in the June draft. Between the Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League (both at the rookie-ball level), Buxton hit .248/.344/.448 with five home runs, 10 doubles, four triples and 11 stolen bases.

Buxton was ranked just ahead of No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa, a shortstop in the Houston Astros organization.

"The thing that's come out now that we've gotten to know him, he's a great teammate, a great worker, he cares, he tries to pay attention to detail -- all those things that you can't scout," general manager Terry Ryan said. "I would say we're really happy with Buxton. ...

"The only thing I was worried about was how much power he had. He's got power. He can hit a ball a long way."

Ryan also said Buxton is the fastest player in the Twins' system "by far," and "way faster" than the speedy Ben Revere.

The Twins signed Buxton for $6 million. The team is not required to place him on the 40-man roster until the fall of 2016.

Right-hander Jose Berrios, who the Twins selected with the 32nd overall pick, was left off the Top 20 list despite posting a 1.17 ERA with 49 strikeouts and only four walks in 30 2/3 innings of rookie ball this summer.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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