La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins reach agreement with Buxton, other picks

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 11, 2012 - 10:09 PM

The Twins have reached an agreement with first round pick Byron Buxton, pending a physical tomorrow in the Twin Cities.
Buxton, an prep outfielder from Georgia, arrived in Minneapolis on Monday and met with the Twins at Target Field. The exact amount of the bonus is not yet know, but baseball's recommended bonus for the second overall pick is $6.2 million
The Twins also have agreements with righthander Jose Berrios, the 32nd overall pick, for $1.55 million, second round pick, J.T. Chargois, a righthander from Rice; fifth round pick, Tyler Duffey, a righthander also from Rice; Jorge Fernandez, a prep catcher from Puerto Rico; and eighth round pick Christian Powell, a righthander from the College of Charleston, according to a club source. All deals are pending a physical.
Third round pick Adam Brett Walker II, an outfielder from Jacksonville University, has signed for $490,400. Walker's father was a Vikings replacement player. His bonus also was equal to the league's recommendation.
Buxton is expected to begin his pro career with the Twins' rookie league team in Fort Myers, Fla., with a chance to advance to Elizabethton, Tenn., of the Appalachian League.

 

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