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YourHouseIsMyHouse
04-16-2013, 11:31 PM
Byron Keiron Buxton

Role: Cedar Rapids Kernels Starting Centerfielder
Age: 19 (DOB 12/18/1993 in Baxley, GA)
Measurables: 6'1" 188lbs
Acquired: via #2 overall selection in the 2012 Rule IV Draft
Rated: #10 by Baseball America; #8 by BaseballProspectUS

Strengths: Considered to be a 5 tool player, Byron is the complete package when dreaming of a starting outfielder. His speed is attibuted to be his greatest asset. This gives him quite a bit a range to compliment his strong arm on defense. He's young for his level and is tearing up the MWL so far. Byron Buxton's attitude has been great so far, but upon his selection last June, he appeared to be a little overwhelmed. However, that hasn't been the case since, as it appears Buxton has enough confidence to go around in the Kernels' dugout.

Weaknesses: There were doubts about whether he would be a good hitter, but clearly it's grown silent on that front. Buxton has crushed the ball in his brief tenure in the minors, but given the choice, power is the lesser of his strengths. Although, at age 19 he'll have plenty of time to grow. Byron's seemingly effortless and fluid swing also provide comfort. Overall, even the most celebrated nitpickers will have trouble finding faults with Byron Buxton as a prospect.

Tool Assessment (BaseballProspectUS):
"The Tools: All of them; 8 run; 7+ arm; 6+ raw power; 6+ hit (potential)"

YourHouseIsMyHouse
04-18-2013, 06:05 PM
Byron's stats after the first 11 Games:

Batting slash: 474/576/737
Other batting:18-38, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HRs, 9 RBI, 6 BB, 8 SO

Baserunning: 4 SB, 2 CS, SB% 66.7%
Fielding: 24 POs, 0 ER, 100% Fld

amjgt
04-19-2013, 01:32 PM
What are some good comps for Buxton?

Granderson?

Carlos Gonzalez ceiling?

MarcusE
04-19-2013, 01:44 PM
What are some good comps for Buxton?

Granderson?

Carlos Gonzalez ceiling?

He's a range for ya:

Carlos Gomez Floor
Willie Mays Ceiling

YourHouseIsMyHouse
04-21-2013, 04:31 PM
What are some good comps for Buxton?

Granderson?

Carlos Gonzalez ceiling?

Adam Jones with more patience and speed. He seems similar to Austin Action Jackson too.

YourHouseIsMyHouse
04-21-2013, 04:33 PM
Buxton was 1 for 3 today in the Kernel's 11th win. He stole a base, was caught stealing, and was picked off as well. 2 walks in addition to a run were contributed too.

MinnFan4Life
04-21-2013, 11:06 PM
If I am not mistaken (an that's entirely possible) I think Buxton has reached base at least once in every game this season. He's got the speed to make an impact as a base stealer. Having been thrown out multiple times, as well as being picked off, makes me hope that he can do some work on the basepaths with Paul Molitor.

The thing that I like the best, aside from being a 5 tool player and his tremendous athletic ability, is he seems very down to earth. He is level headed, respectful and coachable. Compliments to his parents and family in regards to his (at least to this point) being humble and hungry to work to improve.

kab21
04-22-2013, 12:41 AM
I can see Andrew McCutchen although that's a fairly standard comp for toolsy players with good but not great projected power. So far he looks like a good average hitter with good strike zone control and at least 10-15 HR power. It's possible that he becomes a .300+ hitter with a .375+ OBP and 20+ HR's. In CF that's a perennial AS and potential MVP.

Larsbars08
04-22-2013, 01:53 AM
I think Buxton has finally reached the level of pro ball, where stealing is more than just being blazing fast. Considering he's been thrown out 40% of the time this year, I'm hoping he's learning how to get his timing down. He's too fast for his baserunning not to be an asset.

cmb0252
04-24-2013, 03:15 PM
From Jim call is at BAs chat today:
Who would you rather have: Buxton or the 2013 draft field?
Jim Callis: Buxton.

If with the chance to redo on Appeal he is still going with Buxton.

Seth Stohs
04-25-2013, 07:18 PM
Buxton hit his 3rd home run of the season tonight.

YourHouseIsMyHouse
04-26-2013, 01:06 PM
Buxton is at 419/526/694 for his slash
Fld % is at .976 with only 1 Error

YourHouseIsMyHouse
04-28-2013, 07:39 PM
Buxton recent article MWL notes: Buxton bolts out of gate | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball (http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130425&content_id=45690570&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb)


Byron has dropped below the double mendoza and now sits 391/511/652
We may be in for some more regression, but hopefully he'll still continue to ball.

Thankfully, the baserunning has looked a little better. 8 swipes and 4 CS. Still, as a 80 speed guy, it would be great to get that SB% above .700

Larsbars08
04-28-2013, 11:14 PM
Thankfully, the baserunning has looked a little better. 8 swipes and 4 CS. Still, as a 80 speed guy, it would be great to get that SB% above .700

I gotta think that this is the first time he's played at a level where catchers can consistently get him out if he doesn't get a good jump, regardless of his speed. I'd rather him get caught a few times and take the time to gain experience learning how to use his speed and work on getting good jumps.

Edit: I knew I had made this point before. Didn't realize that it was in the same thread. Oops.

YourHouseIsMyHouse
04-28-2013, 11:27 PM
I gotta think that this is the first time he's played at a level where catchers can consistently get him out if he doesn't get a good jump, regardless of his speed. I'd rather him get caught a few times and take the time to gain experience learning how to use his speed and work on getting good jumps.

Edit: I knew I had made this point before. Didn't realize that it was in the same thread. Oops.

Rookie mistake. Haha just kidding. I like the point you made, so a little emphasis doesn't hurt.

YourHouseIsMyHouse
04-28-2013, 11:34 PM
Advertisement for my Buxton group just passing through. I know groups aren't really "hip" at TD though.
http://twinsdaily.com/groups/buxton-s-blantantly-berzerk-bumpy-bodacious-bandwagon-ride.html

cmb0252
05-01-2013, 01:34 PM
From Jim Callis' weekly prospect chat on Buxton:

Thoughts on Byron Buxton thus far in the MWL? Has he exceeded expectations in the first month?
Jim Callis: Tremendous. Though he was the best player in last year’s draft but would need some time to adjust. I was wrong about the second part of that statement.

Please rank: Best outfielder in 2018: Buxton, Myers, Taveras, or Puig?
Jim Callis: Buxton, Taveras, Myers, Puig. All four could be studs.

Keenan
05-07-2013, 11:06 AM
In his May edition of Who's The #1 Prospect (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/whos-the-no-1-prospect-may-edition/), Mike Newman of Fangraph's has Buxton as his top prospect. I thought is was a good read.

YourHouseIsMyHouse
05-08-2013, 10:37 PM
Buxton was Caught Stealing for the 5th time yesterday and I believe his on base streak has reached 29 games.

YourHouseIsMyHouse
05-14-2013, 10:54 PM
Buxton had a monster game May 12th, but the past two days he's gone 1-7 with a walk, 4 runs, and 2 stolen bases. His OPS for the last 10 games is only .708.

COtwin
05-14-2013, 11:04 PM
You have to love a player that slumps with a .708 OPS.

YourHouseIsMyHouse
05-14-2013, 11:20 PM
Sickels wrote this gem about Byron yesterday. It has quite a bit of material that you only get from an in-person view. He says in the article that he'd probably have him as a top 10 prospect now; top 5 after some graduations. Must read for fans who have not been able to watch him play like myself.

Prospect Report: Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins - Minor League Ball (http://www.minorleagueball.com/2013/5/13/4326724/prospect-report-byron-buxton-of-minnesota-twins)

cmb0252
05-15-2013, 04:05 PM
From Jim Callis' chat today:


Would you trade Carlos Correa, Rio Ruiz, and Lance McCullers for Byron Buxton (which is essentially what Houston did last year)? How about for Mark Appel?

Jim Callis: Realistically, Correa and Buxton are close enough in value that I'd take the package that also gives me McCullers and Ruiz. But my gut tells me I'd want Buxton. Would take Correa and Co. over Appel.


If BA's top 100 came out today, could Byron Buxton and Archie Bradley crack your top 5?

Jim Callis: In a word, yes.

amjgt
05-16-2013, 09:36 AM
I was going to post that same sequence...

Also of note:

PowerWheels (Crenshaw, MN): How would you rank these teammate tandems for most potential in 5 years: Sano/Buxton, Machado/Bundy, Profar/Olt, Taveraz/Miller, Zunino/Walker & Goldschmidt/Skaggs.
Jim Callis: That’s a perfect question to dive into in more length in our weekly Ask BA column. Please send that to [email protected], include your name and hometown, and I promise to answer it on Monday.

cmb0252
05-16-2013, 12:16 PM
From Laws chat this week:

You buying into any of this superstar-level hype Buxton is receiving? As a Twins fan, I want to, I just don't know if I should get too worked up over a month of low-A ball.
Klaw (12:24 PM)


Best prospect in last year's draft, so not just hype.

YourHouseIsMyHouse
05-16-2013, 12:59 PM
I was going to post that same sequence...

Also of note:

PowerWheels (Crenshaw, MN): How would you rank these teammate tandems for most potential in 5 years: Sano/Buxton, Machado/Bundy, Profar/Olt, Taveraz/Miller, Zunino/Walker & Goldschmidt/Skaggs.
Jim Callis: That’s a perfect question to dive into in more length in our weekly Ask BA column. Please send that to [email protected], include your name and hometown, and I promise to answer it on Monday.

That's a good question. I'd say
1 Tavaras/Miller
2 Machado/Bundy
3 Goldschmidt/Skaggs
4 Sano/Buxton
5 Profar/Olt
6 Zunino/Walker

Shane Wahl
05-16-2013, 04:06 PM
Buxton RBI triple 4-29-13 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQEAk0wSFKU)

That speed is ridiculous.

Seth Stohs
05-16-2013, 11:10 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&hl=en&client=mv-google&v=ESFtlpmPxT4&feature=youtu.be&nomobile=1

Not a bad way for Mr. Buxton to end the game tonight in Cedar Rapids.

tcarlic
05-17-2013, 09:25 AM
You can't even see where the ball comes down on that homer. Incredible.

MarcusE
05-17-2013, 02:46 PM
I've listened to the pop of that grand slam contact about 10 times, now. It's a true thing of beauty...CRACKKK!

TwinsMusings
05-27-2013, 11:03 AM
For fans of Byron Buxton, here is a recent story in the Des Moines Register about his life in Low-A ball.
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130526/SPORTS/305220105/1003/?source=nletter-news&nclick_check=1

fairweather
05-27-2013, 11:07 AM
I think of Buxton as a right handed Barry Bonds with less power and more speed but very similar skill set. That's really saying something. Then you add in how much better Buxton's character seems to be and you'd have to say the sky is literally the limit.

YourHouseIsMyHouse
05-27-2013, 12:57 PM
I think of Buxton as a right handed Barry Bonds with less power and more speed but very similar skill set. That's really saying something. Then you add in how much better Buxton's character seems to be and you'd have to say the sky is literally the limit.

So almost like an early Barry Bonds?

YourHouseIsMyHouse
06-16-2013, 12:04 PM
Here's a good article featuring Buxton over at Puckett's Pond.
Puddle Jumping: Byron Buxton, Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano - Puckett's Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More (http://puckettspond.com/2013/06/15/puddle-jumping-byron-buxton-eddie-rosario-and-miguel-sano/)

Seth Stohs
06-20-2013, 12:10 PM
Tweet from Star Tribune's Phil Miller:


Twins have date in mind for Byron Buxton's promotion, Asst GM Rob Antony said. "If everything continues to go way it has, it won't be long."

goulik
06-20-2013, 08:22 PM
My wife tried to take me to Cedar Rapids game for my birthday but it was rained out. Make up day is Tuesday. Promote him Wednesday BUT NOT BEFORE!!

YourHouseIsMyHouse
06-20-2013, 08:49 PM
Tweet from Star Tribune's Phil Miller:

I sure hope so. I thought this week was it. I don't see how keeping him down is a positive for him.

MarcusE
08-05-2013, 09:51 AM
It appears young Mr. Buxton may have "figured out" High-A pitching. Check out his last 8 games:

40 PA | 12H (6-1B, 3-3B, 3-HR) | 8-BB 9-SO | .375/.500/.844

Overall A+ line is still a respectable .278/.348/.468 but his current stretch of dominance is remarkable.

TRex
08-05-2013, 11:05 AM
SSS alert!

One of the weirdest splits I have ever seen is Buxton's home/road games at high A...

In 14 games at home (in a large ML spring training ballpark) he has a SLG of .661 and an OPS of 1.092! However, in 16 games on the road he has a SLG of only .299 and an OPS of .575!

I don't know if this is part of the reason, but you could imagine that the training staff could make playing without a toenail a lot easier at home!

MarcusE
08-22-2013, 10:22 AM
Buxton's last 23 games as the only 19 year old in the FSL:

105PA - 9EBH - 16BB - 20SO - 17SB - 5CS - .398/.495/.614

Fuhhhhhhhhhhh.............

drjim
08-26-2013, 06:38 PM
Per Ben Badler


Byron Buxton, cf, Twins: In general, teams want to push prospects to a level where they’ll be challenged but not overmatched. Historically speaking, the Twins have taken a cautious approach to promoting players, but Buxton forced their hand, and Minnesota pushed him to high Class A Fort Myers as a 19-year-old. In 49 games, Buxton appears to have mastered the Florida State League, where he’s hitting .328/.420/.495. With a walk-happy weekend in which he drew six free passes (counting Friday’s doubleheader), he’s showing the combination of tools and polish that make him the best prospect in the game.

Prospect Notebook: Jonathan Gray Looks Electric For Rockies - BaseballAmerica.com (http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/prospect-notebook-jonathan-gray-looks-electric-for-rockies/)

twinsfan34
09-21-2013, 11:02 AM
Buxton RBI triple 4-29-13 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQEAk0wSFKU)

That speed is ridiculous.

Buxton makes contact with the ball somewhere around 1:26 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQEAk0wSFKU#), touches 1st around 1:30 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQEAk0wSFKU#), touches 2nd around 1:33 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQEAk0wSFKU#), and slides into 3rd at 1:37 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQEAk0wSFKU#). So give or take...11 seconds or less to make it from home to 3rd...Just wow.

adjacent
09-21-2013, 11:30 AM
90 feet x 3 = 270 feet, roughly 90 meters. The world record for 100 m is just under 10 seconds (without turns and starting without a bat in your hands. That is pretty impressive. Wow!