MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have signed second overall pick Byron Buxton, an 18-year-old outfielder from Appling County High School in Georgia.
The Twins announced the signing on Wednesday, one day after Buxton joined the team for batting practice and a physical at Target Field. Buxton receives a $6 million signing bonus, which makes it the biggest contract in this year’s draft class.
The Houston Astros gave No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa a $4.2 million bonus.
Buxton hit .513 with three home runs and 38 stolen bases during his senior season. He also pitched, striking out 18 batters in seven innings in the Georgia Class Double-A State Championship series. The Twins, however, plan on keeping him in the outfield.