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5 Things Minnesota Twins Fans Need To Know About Byron Buxton

5 Things Minnesota Twins Fans Need To Know About Byron Buxton

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The Minnesota Twins were ecstatic two years ago when the Houston Astros passed on prep outfielder Byron Buxton with the top overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. A five-tool standout oozing with athleticism, Buxton is regarded as the best prospect in all of baseball and should arrive in the majors in 2016. Here are five things Minnesota's fans need to know about the gifted athlete.

5. Record-Breaking Signing Bonus

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5. Record-Breaking Signing Bonus

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Minnesota doled out a franchise record $ 6 million signing bonus to the second overall pick in the 2012 draft which shattered the $ 5.1 million draft bonus that 2009 AL MVP Joe Mauer received from the Twins as the first pick in 2001.

4. Two-Sport Prep Star

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4. Two-Sport Prep Star

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A dual threat on the diamond, Buxton batted .513 and was 10-1 with 154 strikeouts and five saves en route to leading his prep team to the state title. He was also an all-state defensive back and receiver in football, as well as the punter and backup kicker.

3. Early-Morning Runner

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3. Early-Morning Runner

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The five-tool athlete, whose favorite movie is "Forrest Gump", awakes at dawn every morning to go running which has been his daily habit since elementary school.

2. MLB No. 1 Prospect

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2. MLB No. 1 Prospect

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MLB.com and Baseball America ranked Buxton as the top prospect in baseball heading into the 2013 season. Last year, the 20-year-old was the MVP of the Midwest League and was tabbed by Baseball America and MiLB as the Minor League Player of the Year.

1. 2016 Twins' Starting Center Fielder

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1. 2016 Twins' Starting Center Fielder

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A wrist injury put Buxton on the shelf earlier this season, but the Georgia native is poised to reach the upper levels of the Twins' farm system next year. The speedster with a cannon-like arm should have the inside track to be the starting center fielder at Target Field in 2016.

Marvin Moore is a Texas Rangers writer at RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsMarvin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.