04-08-2013, 07:44 PM #41
Pretty good two-strike swing.
04-08-2013, 08:00 PM #42
Buxton's currently 1-2 with a homerun and a walk tonight. He's absolutely tearing the cover off the ball right now. It's still way to early, but if he continues hitting at a torrid pace, how long before he has to move up a level. Obviously a lot can still go wrong, and one week of baseball is a tiny sample size, but its hard not to look at his early season stats and dream of bigger things.
04-08-2013, 08:47 PM #43
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Clearly, extremely small sample size. But, the main drawbacks people talked about were Buxton being raw due to weak competition, and questions about how well he would translate his raw power to game situations. So the early returns are particularly intriguing.
Having said that, I think there is no chance at all the Twins promote him. The Twins will let Buxton destroy the Midwest League completely if that's how it plays out.
04-08-2013, 08:54 PM #44
At 20, so slightly older than Buxton now, Arcia went 352/420/704 in 20 games as a DH (all in April) before going to Fort Myers. His situation was a little different, he underwent elbow surgery and rehabbed in FM before staying there. But not a terrible comparison.
Optimistically, I could see Buxton getting to Fort Myers after the MWL All-Star break. If he performs well there, he could start next year in AA and be a phone call away from the show.
(That being said, he just struck out for the 3rd time tonight and is now batting only .500. It's freezing cold though and he's probably never swung a bat at this temperature before, so... get used to it!)
04-08-2013, 08:59 PM #45
He's very patient at the plate. Tommy Watkins said that he's one of those guys that is comfortable with 2 strikes. Means he'll strikeout a lot, but patience is huge.
04-09-2013, 08:45 PM #46
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The Midwest League is know as a pitching league, lot of big parks, cold weather early, sometimes into June.
04-09-2013, 09:08 PM #47
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