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Buxton among Twins prospects headed to AFL

Buxton among Twins prospects headed to AFL

KANSAS CITY -- Byron Buxton, MLB.com's No. 1 prospect, headlined a group of six Twins prospects on the Arizona Fall League rosters that were announced on Tuesday.

Buxton's participation in the six-team league that begins on Oct. 7 comes as an encouraging sign, considering he was shut down for the Minor League season two weeks ago due to a concussion.

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"That's what they're saying, that that concussion is OK. I've heard that," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That will be good that he goes down there and gets back into baseball."

The concussion and a wrist injury zapped Buxton's production and playing time this season. He only played 31 games and batted .240/.313/.405 with six steals at Class A Advanced Fort Myers. This after a breakout 2013 campaign when he played 125 games and batted .334/.424/.520 with 55 steals at Class A Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers.

Eddie Rosario, MLB.com's No. 64 prospect, will join Buxton on the Salt River Rafters, the Twins' AFL affiliate. Max Kepler, Taylor Rogers, Jason Adam and Mason Melotakis round out Minnesota's selections.

The Twins were one of only five teams with at least two MLB.com Top 100 prospects chosen.

Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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