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La Velle: Signs point to Twins selecting Buxton

  • Blog Post by: La Velle E. Neal III
  • June 4, 2012 - 3:31 PM

According to reports today, Houston has decided to select Stanford righthander Mark Appel, leaving Georgia prep outfielder Byron Buxton to be selected by the Twins with the second overall selection.

Twins director of player personnel Mike Radcliff said they have yet to confirm what Houston's intentions are and will be prepared for any scenario when it's their turn to pick.

The Twins have narrowed their choices to Appel and Buxton. They worked out shortstop Carlos Correa in recent weeks, but he apparently isn't worth that high of a pick in their eyes. They apparently have backed off of USF righthander Kyle Zimmer, a pitcher they scouted extensively this year.

The Twins have three picks today. Nos. 2, 32 and 42. They are expected to draft at least one pitcher on Monday, and could select two. Coverage of the draft begins at  6 p.m. on the MLB Network. Check back here when the Twins' picks are made to learn about their new players.

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