Twins GM Terry Ryan could see Byron Buxton debuting in 2015


Per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Twins GM Terry Ryan could see top prospect Byron Buxton making his major league debut in 2015. Ryan said, “I don’t see him breaking camp with us but I do see may surfacing in the major leagues in 2015.”

Buxton, 21, was the consensus #1 overall prospect entering last season. His progress was stunted, however, as he suffered a rash of injuries during the course of 2014, starting with a wrist injury in March. He reinjured the wrist sliding into third base in May. In August, Buxton collided with his teammate in the outfield in his first game at Double-A and had to be taken off on a stretcher. In October in the Arizona Fall League, Buxton suffered a dislocated finger which required surgery.

Buxton will likely begin the 2015 season with Double-A Chattanooga but expect the Twins to be aggressive with his progression as long as he’s healthy and productive.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.