8/26/2014 7:35 P.M. ET
Buxton among Twins prospects headed to AFL
By Jackson Alexander / MLB.com
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.
"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.
Gardy riding offensive wave with lineup plan
KANSAS CITY -- Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the Twins' recent four-game hitting surge for manager Ron Gardenhire was the simplicity it brought to his job.
Over the last five games, Gardenhire has made out the same exact lineup card four times, including Tuesday's series opener against the Royals.
"We've actually just come in and just hit print. It's the lineup we've been doing for a while, and we mix in a couple of guys, but we're able to actually write a lineup out with [the] one, two, three, four, five [hitters] all in the same place finally," Gardenhire said.
Gardenhire feels the consistent lineup contributed to the outburst against Detroit in the previous series, when the Twins collected 57 hits and 42 runs in four games. That's 14.3 hits and 10.5 runs per game.
"Guys aren't looking all over the place for where they're hitting today, and that's kind of nice," Gardenhire said. "That makes it a lot easier when you don't have to do a lot of changing and everything, and you can run them out there and they can get consistent. The lineup feels pretty good right now."
In Minnesota's two wins in that series, it produced 20- and 12-run games.
"We definitely swung the bats good, and we had a little momentum going, and hopefully, we'll carry that over into this series," Gardenhire said.
Twins extend partnership with Triple-A affiliate
KANSAS CITY -- The Twins announced a two-year extension in their partnership with the Rochester Red Wings, the club's Triple-A affiliate, which will extend to at least the 2016 season.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan, Red Wings president and chief executive and operating officer Naomi Silver, along with chairman Gary Larder made the announcement at Frontier Field, home of the Red Wings, in the first inning of the team's 4-2 win on Monday night.
Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.