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  • Byron Buxton To Be Promoted to High A-Fort Myers

    Seth Stohs is reporting that the Minnesota Twins are promoting Byron Buxton from Low-A Cedar Rapids to High-A Fort Myers in time for the Miracle's next game on Tuesday. Buxton has dominated the Midwest League with the Kernels, hitting .340 with 8 home runs and getting on base in 43% of his plate appearances. Heís also shown his top-rated speed, playing center field and stealing 32 bases in a little more than half a season. The 19-year-oldís success has moved him to the top of national prospect lists, including second overall in Keith Lawís midseason review. His promotion means he will be one of the youngest players in High-A ball.

    Buxton is expected to fly to Florida on Monday morning, but will not be in Palm Beach in time to play in the Miracle's noon game. He will make his Florida State League debut on Tuesday night in Palm Beach.

    Update - SD Buhr tweeted that he has heard from Kernels manager Jake Mauer that the move has been made.
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. CK's Avatar
      CK -
      @JimCrikket: Buxton promoted to Ft Myers per Jake Mauer.
      yep.
    1. jerickasdad34's Avatar
      jerickasdad34 -
      Glad this moment has come....a little surprised he didnt go after the all star game
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      This was a week late!
    1. josecordoba's Avatar
      josecordoba -
      Buxton appears to be the Youngest Hitter in the League. If Buxton has a wRC near League Average this will be a very successful season.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jerickasdad34 View Post
      Glad this moment has come....a little surprised he didnt go after the all star game
      I think that the Miracle were getting Wilkin Ramirez and wanted him to get 3-5 games in as rehab first. With Ramirez having a setback, the time came.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      I hope he performs to the best of his abilities. Buxton surely will be fine defensively, but we'll have to see if he can hit these pitchers. If he can just be an average hitter here, I think he'll move past this with ease. Since we saw quite a few Twins' prospects crush the FSL, perhaps Buxton will too.
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      Let's hope Buck moves up more smoothly than Sano has done. I watched (via MILB) the New Britain games this week end and, in spite of a few hits, Sano really appeared to be lost. Today, in particular he looked like he had no idea of either the strike zone or what was coming. I am still confident he'll get it together, but it's been difficult.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I think that the Miracle were getting Wilkin Ramirez and wanted him to get 3-5 games in as rehab first. With Ramirez having a setback, the time came.
      Sounds reasonable. It seems like its been a long time coming, by all accounts this kid is a worker and internally driven for accepting nothing less than excellence. I think Dougie Mint is just the right guy (has been all along) to tweak and motivate this guy to quickly move through this level, as well.

      How many managers get to actually play baseball with a HOF number-type guy in High School (A-Rod) and then have the opportunity to manage not one, but 2 sky's-the-limit potential guys in one season? He appears to have done right by Sano- Miguel ended up doing unprecedented things in the FSL, no reason to think that he won't tap into Buck's full potential, too. Exciting time to ponder the Twins near future.

      On a selfish note, thanks Twins, for getting this promotion done just in time for my July Florida vacation!
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ncgo4 View Post
      Let's hope Buck moves up more smoothly than Sano has done. I watched (via MILB) the New Britain games this week end and, in spite of a few hits, Sano really appeared to be lost. Today, in particular he looked like he had no idea of either the strike zone or what was coming. I am still confident he'll get it together, but it's been difficult.
      Probably hasn't seen breaking pitches quite that good... nor consistently thrown for strikes. It will be a good challenge for him.
    1. beckmt's Avatar
      beckmt -
      Toughest jump is from High A to AA. He will be fine after the adjustment period.
    1. beckmt's Avatar
      beckmt -
      Congrats to Buxton. Will see what he can do. If he rakes in Ft. Myers, he should start next year in AA. Maybe the majors next year.
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Quote Originally Posted by drjim View Post
      This was a week late!
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Congrats to Byron on the much deserved promotion! Bummed I couldn't get to CR in time this year to see him...
    1. Monkeypaws's Avatar
      Monkeypaws -
      What a great pick - best player over need 100 times!
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Too soon
      I think they should demote him back to the GCL. He is doing too good and needs a "reality check"
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Buxton finally gets his call to Fort Myers | TheGazette

      Cedar Rapids' The Gazette's Jeff Johnson penned an article on the promotion.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      This makes all the *****ing and moaning in the other threads even less than useless. But fire Terry Ryan anyway! Wharrgarrbbbll!
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I think that the Miracle were getting Wilkin Ramirez and wanted him to get 3-5 games in as rehab first. With Ramirez having a setback, the time came.
      So you're saying the front office had a plan and wasn't just ridiculously incompetent? But wait, that does NOT fit the narrative. Whatever will we do?
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Good for the Kid ,hope good things for you ,and that you continue to develpoe into a star player
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      So you're saying the front office had a plan and wasn't just ridiculously incompetent? But wait, that does NOT fit the narrative. Whatever will we do?


      You asked "whatever will we do?" Simple. How about instead, we follow the narrative of other presently successful teams that have successfully fast-tracked their future star players more quickly to major league success>? Simple, really it is.
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