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Twins sign outfielder Buss to Minors contract

Left-handed hitter won PCL batting title last season
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins continued to add depth via Minor League signings this offseason, signing outfielder Nick Buss to a Minor League contract on Friday.

The lefty-hitting Buss, who won the Pacific Coast League batting title last season with Triple-A El Paso, has limited Major League experience and is likely to open the year with Triple-A Rochester.

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins continued to add depth via Minor League signings this offseason, signing outfielder Nick Buss to a Minor League contract on Friday.

The lefty-hitting Buss, who won the Pacific Coast League batting title last season with Triple-A El Paso, has limited Major League experience and is likely to open the year with Triple-A Rochester.

Buss, 31, hit .348/.395/.541 with 11 homers, 19 doubles and eight triples in 114 games with the Padres' top Minor League affiliate in 2017. He saw action defensively in left field, right field and at first base.

Buss, originally selected by the Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2008 Draft from USC, is a career .294/.349/.440 hitter in 1,079 Minor League games. He played eight games for the Dodgers in '13 and 36 games for the Angels in '16, hitting .180/.229/.300 with a homer, a triple and eight RBIs in the Majors.

Other Minor League signings by the Twins this offseason include infielders Leonardo Reginatto, Brock Stassi, Gregorio Petit and Taylor Featherston, outfielders James Ramsey and Ryan LaMarre, catchers Wynston Sawyer, Bobby Wilson and Willians Astudillo and right-hander Myles Jaye.

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The Twins will announce their non-roster invites to Major League Spring Training at a later date.

Worth noting

• The Twins announced plans to host nine free youth baseball clinics at various locations throughout Fort Myers, Fla. The clinics are open to children ages 5-13 and will be held on Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 19. Additionally, the Twins will host a coaches clinic on Jan. 13 at the Minnesota Twins Players Academy.

• The Twins hired Frank Jagoda as their rehab pitching coach at Class A Advanced Fort Myers, and he also will assist in the Gulf Coast League. He was previously the head coach at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Va.

• Travis Koon was hired as the strength coach for Rookie-level Elizabethton. The Oregon State graduate is completing an internship at Cressey Sports Performance and has experience with the Beavers baseball team.

• Ben Myers was also hired at Elizabethton as an athletic trainer. He worked in the Astros' organization for three years.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

 

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