06/10/12 6:14 PM ET
Sources: Twins close to signing Buxton
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Both sources also indicated there is optimism that a deal will be reached this week.
It is unknown, however, if Buxton will sign at or below Major League Baseball's recommended slot bonus of $6.2 million. Shortstop Carlos Correa, taken by the Astros as the No. 1 overall pick, signed below slot value at $4.8 million last week.
Buxton, 18, is expected to begin his professional career in the Gulf Coast League with the chance to move up to Rookie-level Elizabethton (Tenn.) by the end of the season.
The five-tool outfielder hit .513 with three homers, 17 doubles and 35 RBIs in his senior season at Appling County (Ga.) High School.
Buxton also went 10-0 with 154 strikeouts over 81 innings as a pitcher, including an 18-strikeout performance to clinch his high school's first state title.
The Twins had him ranked atop their Draft board since last summer, according to scouting director Deron Johnson.