Twins considering Byron Buxton at leadoff

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton could hit his way into the leadoff spot this spring, manager Paul Molitor indicated Monday.

What It Means:

In 411 career plate appearances, Buxton has led off for only 59 of them. He's slashing .255/.293/.382 with a concerning 35.6 percent strikeout rate out of the one hole, but the boost in opportunity would bode well for his fantasy appeal. The 23-year-old former top prospect has batted ninth for the majority of his career (374 plate appearances).

Buxton's production improved from his rookie to sophomore season, as he posted a .225/.284/.430 slash with a .304 wOBA and .205 ISO through 331 plate appearances. He mashed 10 taters and stole 10 bases.