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|Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:11 pm Post subject: Twins close to agreement with No. 2 pick Buxton
|Before Buxton left custom baseball jerseys cheap, Mauer gave him a souvenir - one of his bats.
General manager Terry Ryan said he expected a deal to be completed "shortly."
Byron Buxton was overcome with emotion when he stepped into the Minnesota Twins clubhouse on Tuesday and saw a white jersey with his name on the back hanging on a locker.
Buxton took batting practice with two former MVPs - Mauer and Justin Morneau - and catcher Ryan Doumit. He sprayed several balls into the outfield, and capped the memorable day by putting one in the bullpen in left-center field.
The Twins hope that Buxton will be the one who eventually leaves fans and opponents gasping. He is the highest Twins draft pick since Joe Mauer was taken first overall in 2001, and they didn't hesitate to grab the speedy outfielder from Appling County High School in Georgia despite having a greater need in the organization for pitching.
Then the 18-year-old outfielder, and No. 2 overall pick in the recent MLB draft pete rose jersey for sale, made a nice first impression by popping a pitch over the fence in left-center field during batting practice. Buxton joined the team on Tuesday while his agent and the team finish negotiations on a contract.
Buxton isn't expected to be in contention for a big league spot for at least four years, but expectations are high for him and the organization.
"It took my breath away," Buxton said of seeing his name on the No. 1 jersey. "I wasn't expecting to see that, but I'm glad I did."
"We brought him in to expose him to our major league coaches and our manager and our players cheap texas rangers baseball jerseys," Ryan said, before turning to Buxton. "I thought he did quite well out there for a young guy that came up here, 18 years old, not been around the type of caliber that these guys are san francisco giants jerseys, but you did quite well there."
"He's a nice-looking young man pink derek jeter jersey," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll see how he does when he gets down to the minor leagues, but he looks like he's got a lot of tools. He looks like he's a talented young man, which he must be or we wouldn't have drafted him with the second pick."
"It was the best feeling I've had so far," Buxton said with a wide smile.