The Book on Byron Buxton
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Byron Buxton / OF, MIN
Baxley, GA, USA
School: Appling County HS (GA)
1 | 8/1/2014
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (12/18/2014): #5
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 decent 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 he has a scary wrist injury to come back from in 2015, 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
8/14/2014 by KDaddy
Well, at least it wasn't a wrist injury: Twins prospect Byron Buxton was knocked unconscious for ten full minutes yesterday after a collision with fellow outfielder Mike Kvasnicka. Buxton was removed from the stadium in an ambulance but testing showed no broken bones or other obvious injuries as a result. Adding insult to injury, Buxton was 0-3 with three strikeouts in his AA debut before his dramatic exit.
8/2/2014 by KDaddy
Twins uberprospect Byron Buxton, finally getting regular playing time again after recovering from a re-reinjured wrist, is back to a respectable .264/.343/.451 line at high-A Fort Myers. Behind the numbers, though, are suggestions that the wrist isn't quite what it used to be: Buxton's strikeout rate has jumped from a never-great 18 percent to a scary 26 percent, while his walk rate has dropped from 14 to 9. Maybe this is just a readjustment problem after some time off, but we're skeptical: wrist injuries to hitters are very problematic, and can take a very long time to heal completely. It's difficult to see how the Twins can benefit by trotting Buxton into the outfield anymore this season.
5/13/2014 by KDaddy
So much for that. Byron Buxton injured his left wrist again, this time while sliding into a base on Sunday, and an MRI today has confirmed that he has indeed aggravated the older Spring Training injury. The Twins promise they won't play him again until he's actually healed. Completely healed. For reals this time. Hm.
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.