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#1 YourHouseIsMyHouse

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:31 PM

[COLOR=#ff0000][SIZE=5][FONT=century gothic]Byron Keiron Buxton[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]

[FONT=century gothic]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, [COLOR=#ff0000]Byron[/COLOR] 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. [COLOR=#ff0000]Byron Buxton's[/COLOR] 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 [COLOR=#ff0000]Buxton[/COLOR] 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. [COLOR=#ff0000]Buxton[/COLOR] 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. [COLOR=#ff0000]Byron's[/COLOR] seemingly effortless and fluid swing also provide comfort. Overall, even the most celebrated nitpickers will have trouble finding faults with [COLOR=#ff0000]Byron Buxton[/COLOR] as a prospect.

Tool Assessment (BaseballProspectUS):
[/FONT]"The Tools:[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial] All of them; 8 run; 7+ arm; 6+ raw power; 6+ hit (potential)"
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Edited by YourHouseIsMyHouse, 28 April 2013 - 07:02 PM.


#2 YourHouseIsMyHouse

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:05 PM

[COLOR=#ff0000]Byron's [/COLOR]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

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:32 PM

What are some good comps for Buxton?

Granderson?

Carlos Gonzalez ceiling?

#4 MarcusE

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:44 PM

What are some good comps for Buxton?

Granderson?

Carlos Gonzalez ceiling?


He's a range for ya:

Carlos Gomez Floor
Willie Mays Ceiling

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:31 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.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:33 PM

[COLOR=#ff0000]Buxton [/COLOR]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.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 10:06 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.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:41 PM

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.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:53 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.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:15 PM

From Jim call is at BAs chat today:
[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue]Who would you rather have: Buxton or the 2013 draft field?[/FONT][/COLOR]
Jim Callis:[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue] Buxton.

If with the chance to redo on Appeal he is still going with Buxton. [/FONT][/COLOR]

#11 Seth Stohs

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:18 PM

Buxton hit his 3rd home run of the season tonight.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:06 PM

[COLOR=#ff0000]Buxton[/COLOR] is at 419/526/694 for his slash
Fld % is at .976 with only 1 Error

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 06:39 PM

[COLOR=#ff0000][FONT=Arial]Buxton[/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial] recent article [/FONT][/COLOR]MWL notes: Buxton bolts out of gate | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
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Byron [/COLOR]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

Edited by YourHouseIsMyHouse, 28 April 2013 - 07:06 PM.


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:14 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.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:27 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.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:34 PM

Advertisement for my [COLOR=#ff0000]Buxton[/COLOR] group just passing through. I know groups aren't really "hip" at TD though.
http://twinsdaily.co...wagon-ride.html

Edited by YourHouseIsMyHouse, 08 May 2013 - 09:41 PM.


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Posted 01 May 2013 - 12:34 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:[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue] 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.

[/FONT][/COLOR]Please rank: Best outfielder in 2018: Buxton, Myers, Taveras, or Puig?
Jim Callis:[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue] Buxton, Taveras, Myers, Puig. All four could be studs.[/FONT][/COLOR]

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 10:06 AM

In his May edition of Who's The #1 Prospect, Mike Newman of Fangraph's has Buxton as his top prospect. I thought is was a good read.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:37 PM

[COLOR=#ff0000]Buxton[/COLOR] was Caught Stealing for the 5th time yesterday and I believe his on base streak has reached 29 games.

Edited by YourHouseIsMyHouse, 08 May 2013 - 09:40 PM.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 09:54 PM

[COLOR=#ff0000]Buxton[/COLOR] 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.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 10:04 PM

You have to love a player that slumps with a .708 OPS.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 10:20 PM

Sickels wrote this gem about [COLOR=#ff0000]Byron[/COLOR] 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

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 03:05 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:[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue] 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.

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If BA's top 100 came out today, could Byron Buxton and Archie Bradley crack your top 5?
Jim Callis:[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue] In a word, yes.[/FONT][/COLOR]

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:36 AM

I was going to post that same sequence...

Also of note:

[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue]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.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue]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.[/FONT][/COLOR]

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:16 AM

From Laws chat this week:

[COLOR=#333333][FONT=verdana]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.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[h=6]Klaw (12:24 PM)
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[COLOR=#333333][FONT=verdana]Best prospect in last year's draft, so not just hype.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:59 AM

I was going to post that same sequence...

Also of note:

[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue]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.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue]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.[/FONT][/COLOR]


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

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:06 PM

Buxton RBI triple 4-29-13 - YouTube

That speed is ridiculous.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:10 PM



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

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:25 AM

You can't even see where the ball comes down on that homer. Incredible.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 01:46 PM

I've listened to the pop of that grand slam contact about 10 times, now. It's a true thing of beauty...CRACKKK!



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