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Aug 29, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (25) at bat in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Target Field. The Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
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For the Minnesota Twins, the leadoff spot remains in question

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With top prospect Byron Buxton expected to break camp as the everyday centerfielder, the question remains whether he will bat leadoff for the Minnesota Twins or whether he will find a spot lower in the order.

After seeing Buxton struggle to adjust to major league pitching last season, the rookie will have a lot to prove if he wants to be the table setter for a team expected to compete.

But what if Buxton isn’t the immediate answer to the Twins’ leadoff spot? Who else could take over?

A few candidates come to mind but this issue could remain one of the biggest competitions to keep an eye on during Spring Training.

Buxton debuted as the Twins’ leadoff hitter during Wednesday’s Spring Training opener against the Boston Red Sox and went 1-for-3 with an RBI but also had two strikeouts.

It would be wrong to press the panic button just because Buxton had a pair of strikeouts in his first outing of the season. However, if the strikeouts begin to pile up the Twins will need to make a decision on whether Buxton will be their everyday centerfielder or if they’ll go with other options on the roster.

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