Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

Age: 27 (December 18, 1993) | 6' 2" | 190lbs. OF-39 CF-39 PR-2
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
MIN AAA 2017 3 12 3 5 1 3 0 0 2 3 0 0 .417 .462 .917 8 23 .429 n/a
MIN AL 2017 140 462 69 117 38 150 14 6 16 51 29 1 .253 .314 .413 7 30 .339 39/23/38 23 21
MIN A+ 2018 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a
MIN AAA 2018 35 136 22 37 9 42 11 1 4 14 4 1 .272 .331 .456 6 28 .367 n/a
MIN AL 2018 28 90 8 14 3 28 4 0 0 4 5 0 .156 .183 .200 3 30 .226 43/23/33 0 0
MIN A 2019 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 1.00 33 33 1.00 n/a
MIN AL 2019 87 271 48 71 19 68 30 4 10 46 14 3 .262 .314 .513 6 23 .314 29/22/49 15 14
MIN AL 2020 39 130 19 33 2 36 3 0 13 27 2 1 .254 .267 .577 1 27 .241 36/13/51 23 19
MIN AAA 2021 7 22 6 9 2 3 2 1 3 9 0 0 .409 .423 1.00 7 13 .333 n/a
MIN AL 2021 61 235 50 72 13 62 23 0 19 32 9 1 .306 .358 .647 5 24 .344 40/22/38 17 16
Career 7yrs 493 1615 254 401 104 506 100 17 70 204 71 10 .248 .299 .461 6 29 .316 n/a
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BA's choice for Minor League Player of the Year. It won't be long before we see him playing every day in Minny.
Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Sep 11 '13
Drafting a SS also creates more opportunities to succeed because if for some reason he can't cut it defensively there he may have the speed to play CF(Eric Davis for example) or develop the offense/power to play 3rd or a corner OF spot.
van wilhoite LVW
Jun 30 '13
Correa seems to be adjusting to professional ball really nicely. .324/.410/.456 in LoA. He's also a SS, so the defensive responsibility is considerably higher. He should move up to A+ soon, and perhaps end the year in AA if not begin next season there. For an 18 year old shortstop I think that's pretty advanced. Buxton is a full year older (9 months in chronological age). I'm not so sure that three years from now that definitive a statement will be verified.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jun 30 '13
As did Vernon Wells.

But your point is well taken.

BA, in fact, only gives Buxton a 60 in power. That is, the scouts they talk to give him that number on the 20-80 scale.

The interesting question that BA raises: should the Astros have taken Buxton with the No. 1 pick instead of Carlos Correa?

Astros chose to "spread their draft haul over multiple players" rather than fork out the $6 million it took to sign Buxton; the haul including Lance McCullers Jr. and Rio Ruiz, who the 'Stros were able to sign at above-slot contracts because Correa was so cheap ($4.8 million).

Is one Buxton better than Correa, McCuller and Ruiz?

"It's not even close," said a scout who has seen all four.
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 30 '13
Trout's power developed quite quickly and wasn't evident in his early minor league performances. He's really filled out. I know everyone loves to put titles on players from the most recent star to play the same position- Matt Wieters was Joe Mauer.

It's unfair and silly. Buxton may be the best prospect in baseball, but that doesn't mean he's Trout. He could be Colby Rasmus who also occupied that spot as a CF.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jun 30 '13
Trout redux? So says Baseball America on the cover of its current issue.
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 30 '13
Trout redux? So says Baseball America on the cover of its current issue.
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 30 '13
Two singles, a double and two triples yesterday in six AB.
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 6 '13
Jason Parks at BP, comparing the Twins' two cobalt blue prospects:

The 2013 season hasn’t made the debate any easier, as Buxton has exploded in his full-season debut and Sano is doing violent things to baseballs in the Florida State League. The preferred hypothetical when it comes to value assessment and debate is the “If you could only have one in your system, which one are you choosing and why?” At this point in the season, this is the best one-two prospect punch in the minors, with each moving up into the rarified air of the top 10 talents in the game.

So it's a close call, right?

Wrong.

I decided to ask 20 industry sources—ranging from scouts on the ground to general managers—which member of the dynamic duo they would rather have in their own farm system. What was anticipated to be a tight race turned out to be a landslide. Buxton in a blowout.

A few sample quotes:

“I'd take Buxton. Middle of the field player.....impact on both sides of the ball. Will probably age better and have more longevity. I think Sano will have more immediate wow factor and contribute faster, but Buxton would win the long-term race. Hard to argue either way and I love the exercise, but I'm taking the athlete who contributes in every facet of the game. It would put me in the fetal position to pass on Sano though.....”

“Sano’s raw power is tremendous and I like him a lot, but there’s a good chance you end up with a first baseman who hits .240 with 30+ HR annually. That kind of player is nice to have but not nearly as hard to find as the Buxton-type player.”

“Buxton is the best player I have ever scouted in the minors..”
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 4 '13
A somewhat larger sample size is still impressive: .320/.424/.568 in 169 AB. 48 runs in 44 games. 11 doubles, 4 triples, 7 homers. 21 SB, 8 CS. K/W 39/31.

At the rate he's going (although he won't be going much longer in the Midwest League), he'll both walk and fan more than 100 times. Don't know what to make of that, other than that he takes a lot of pitches and misses a lot of pitches.
Alex Patton Alex
May 24 '13