The Book on Byron Buxton
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Byron Buxton / OF, MIN
Baxley, GA, USA
School: Appling County HS (GA)
1 | 3/10/2014
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (4/23/2014): #1
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #1
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #1
Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
Baseball America 2014: #1
Baseball Prospectus: #1
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
Georgia's Byron Buxton, the second overall pick of the 2012 Draft, is a speedy outfielder who might be the best overall offensive prospect in baseball today. With a natural base-stealing ability and plus speed in the outfield, he's a future star no matter how you slice it, and he's a very good bet to make a Mike Trout-sized impression on MLB in the near future. At the plate, he's a line-drive hitter with a little pop for now, but his excellent bat speed and ability to adjust portends a better future than that. Minnesota is well-known for cooking their prospects until they're well-done, and the team is a lot more than one bat away from contention, so don't expect him immediately. When he does arrive, however, it should be for the long haul.
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News and Notes
4/10/2014 by KDaddy
Byron Buxton, who's been nursing a sprained wrist for two weeks now, is expected to start his season sometime in May, according to NBC Sports. He'll need extended spring training before reporting to AA New Britain.
5/5/2013 by KDaddy
Twins proto-slugger Byron Buxton is off to a very hot start in his first look at A-ball pitching. Playing everyday for the Midwest League's Cedar Rapids club, he's slashing .382/.504/.674 with eleven steals and an uncharacteristic five homers already. If he keeps this up, he'll be in AA way ahead of schedule, if only to get the kid some breaking balls to look at.