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Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins runs down the first base line during a spring training game against the Miami Marlins March 4 in Jupiter, Fla. USA TODAY Sports

Twins boast formidable farm system

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By Hayden Goethe

Forum News Service

FARGO — Working out under the sun in late February at the Minnesota Twins’ spring-training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., was a third baseman who hit 35 homers last season.

And there was a 6-foot-9 left-handed pitcher who posted a 2.99 ERA and struck out 11½ batters per nine innings in 2013 thanks to a fastball that touches 100 mph and a devastating curveball.

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