9/29/2013 2:39 P.M. ET
Buxton, Albers take home Twins' Minors awards
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins top prospect Byron Buxton added yet another award this season, as he was named the 2013 Sherry Robertson Award winner as the Twins Minor League Player of the Year on Sunday. Left-hander Andrew Albers was also named the Jim Rantz Award winner as the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Buxton, 19, hit a combined .334/.424/.520 with 12 homers, 18 triples, 19 doubles, 77 RBIs and 55 stolen bases in 125 games between Class A Cedar Rapids and Class A Advanced Fort Myers.
It earned him a slew of honors, as he ends the season ranked the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com and was named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year.
The five-tool center fielder hit .341/.431/.559 with eight homers, 15 doubles, 10 triples and 32 stolen bases in 68 games at Class A Cedar Rapids en route to being the MVP of the Midwest League before getting the promotion to Class A Advanced Fort Myers in late June. He proceeded to hit .326/.415/.472 with four homers, four doubles, eight triples and 23 stolen bases in 57 games at Fort Myers despite being one of the youngest players in the Florida State League.
Albers, meanwhile, posted a 2.86 ERA with 116 strikeouts and 32 walks in 132 1/3 innings at Triple-A Rochester. The 27-year-old also had a 4.05 ERA in 10 starts with the Twins with 25 strikeouts and seven walks in 60 innings.
Both Buxton and Albers, along with the Twins' other 2013 award winners, will be recognized at the ninth annual Diamond Awards Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT at Target Field.
Decision on Gardy expected before playoffs start
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he expects to talk about his future with general manager Terry Ryan after Sunday's season finale against the Indians.
Gardenhire, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, said a decision still hasn't been reached on whether he'll back next season. But he reiterated an announcement will be made before the postseason begins on Tuesday.
"We're still discussing it -- we're still talking like we always do," Gardenhire said. "Whatever happens, he's going to make a decision and go with it. And I'm going to have to live with it one way or another. That's where we're at."
Gardenhire, who is the second-longest tenured manager in the Majors behind the Angels' Mike Scioscia, said he hasn't thought about other managerial jobs, as his preference remains to stay with the Twins. He's been the manager of the Twins since 2002 and led them to six division titles before suffering through three straight 90-plus loss seasons, including this year.
"I like where I'm at," Gardenhire said. "I'd rather stay here. If it doesn't work out here, then you start thinking about other stuff. But I enjoy it here. It's as good as it gets for me."
Gardenhire added that he's not thinking about Sunday's game against the Indians like it's his last game as Twins manager.
"I don't worry about it," Gardenhire said. "It's not something I can control. I come in here like everybody else. It's going to an emotional day, but that's because it's the last day of the season. It's not because of my situation. It's not in the equation. I don't think of it that way."
Indians manager Terry Francona offered praise of Gardenhire and said he doesn't believe he should be on the hot seat.
"I think he's one of the better managers in the game," Francona said. "I think if you ask every manager, they'd say the same thing. And I've known him for a long time, so I hope that's not the case. I know, for a long time, I've respected the way they've run things. They've been very consistent in their approach from the Minor Leagues up."
Rookies Arcia, Pinto out of action in season finale
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rookies Oswaldo Arcia and Josmil Pinto were both held out of the lineup for the Twins' final game of the season on Sunday.
Arcia has been dealing with a bruised right knee sustained on Monday, when he injured it while jumping up at the wall during batting practice. And Pinto bruised his right hand when he was hit by a pitch on Friday.
Arcia served as a pinch-hitter on Thursday and started at designated hitter on Friday but went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in those two games, while Pinto hasn't played since leaving Friday's game after the fourth inning.
"[Arcia] is not moving great right now," Gardenhire said. "I think his knee is still bothering him. I saw him limping after he swung, so I don't trust it. Pinto went down to swing, but I didn't see any sense in that either. I know yesterday when he grabbed a bat he felt a little sore. So it doesn't make any sense to press the issue with these kids here."
With Arcia out, Clete Thomas made the start in left field, while Eric Fryer made his second straight start behind the plate with Pinto out of action.