As you likely hear, Minnesota Twins prospect Byron Buxton was recently named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year. We've covered Buxton a lot over the past few months, but I'd like to take a closer look at the player that is drawing a lot of attention to the Twins' farm system again.
Hometown: Baxley, Georgia
High School: Appling County High School
Weight: 189 lbs.
2013 Triple Slash (Ft. Myers & Cedar Rapids): .334/.424/..520
And probably my favorite Buxton video of the year--a walk-off grand slam from a game in May against Burlington. If you don't get just a little excited for the potential watching this, I am not sure I can help you anymore.
While Buxton is certainly fun to watch at the plate, his talents don't stop there. In a game in June against the Kane County Cougars, Buxton made an amazing diving catch in the outfield. See for yourself.
Remember us talking about that speed? Wow. While there's no video (that I could locate, at least), there was a game last month when Buxton stole second base, and when the cutoff was missed at 2B, he scored at home when the ball went into the outfield. Ridiculous. Here's a video of him stealing 2B (not the same instance; this is from a game in May), and you can get a good idea of that speed showing itself here.
Byron Buxton is hopefully going to be a very fun player to watch in Twins uniform for many years to come, but until he makes it up to the big club, make sure to keep an eye on his minor league performances. He's going to be a big deal with this organization--you don't get compared to Mike Trout for no reason.