Peachy Pro Promise
by, 10-16-2013 at 10:46 AM (436 Views)
To say that Byron Buxton had a successful full-season debut is less than accurate. To be completely honest, he went bananas, or peaches, maybe. It was predicted that Byron would dominate as a 19-year-old in 2013, but not like this. We need to really look at this young peach of a prospect.
Everyone had to know it was coming. Even though Byron’s rookie level stats were less than amazing, he separated himself from the rest of minor league baseball with insane production in his over-achieving 2013 season. He won every award that a minor league player could dream about, and his 19 years were quite a bit less than the average age of a Class- A (21) or A+ (22) player, respectively.
He has been anointed as an actual 5-tool guy, drawing Mike Trout comparisons. His speed is probably better than Trout, and MLB.com has it ranked as a ‘7’ with their scale topping out at 8. Cincinnati Reds prospect Billy Hamilton has an ‘8’ for his speed rating on MLB.com, and I would have to agree after a little research on YouTube.
I got out my stopwatch on videos of each of the three players hitting triples. Each video can be found at the following links: Mike Trout; Billy Hamilton; Byron Buxton. Of the three racing triples, Hamilton proved to be the fastest from the "crack of the bat" to first touch of 3rd base with a time of 10.19. Buxton was 2nd at 10.44, and Mike Trout was 3rd at 10.82. Go ahead, and get out your stopwatch. While Hamilton edges Buxton in pure speed, how does Billy compare to Byron as a hitter?
While we’re on the subject of triples, let’s consider Buxton’s 2013 total of 18 triples between his A and A+ clubs. Had Buxton’s triples all been socked in a single league, he would have led it, even both Major Leagues. Hamilton hit 14 triples in 2012, but what Buxton showed with the bat in 2013, as a 19-year-old, is more in-line with what Mike Trout was doing at the same age.
It’s almost as if Byron Buxton’s game is a hybrid of Mike Trout's and Billy Hamilton's. I call Buxton’s game “Billy Buxtrout.” This Georgian peach is getting ripe.