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#1 Jeremy Nygaard

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 05:38 PM

You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.co...)-Buxton-Shines

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:41 PM

Pardon the blatant self-promotion of our blog but I posted a video of Buxton's triple over at Knuckleballs, if you're interested.

Knuckleballs: Kernels and Buxton put on a show for FSN

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:49 PM

Just watched the game from my dvr. That catch was jaw dropping. My expectations were super high and he exceeded them. This guy is special. Gold glove caliber defense is an understatement. My brain was releasing serotonin and I have fallen in love. Also my dopamine levels are cocainish

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:21 PM

So you're with my claim earlier this season that he may be the best Twins prospect ever?

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:39 PM

Javier Baez 4hr's.. Baez is a beast, needs plate discipline though

Edited by rickyhawaii, 10 June 2013 - 07:50 PM.


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:50 PM

So you're with my claim earlier this season that he may be the best Twins prospect ever?


At this moment right now I dont see how he isnt the twins best prospect ever. Hes got all 5 tools and hes showing them at a young age of 19. He could very likely be a 30/30, 30/40 or 30/50 and .300+ guy. I wouldnt even count out 40HR at his peak just because he has so much potential. Its gonna be so much fun watching him and Sano in the majors.
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Posted 10 June 2013 - 08:01 PM

re: that catch- you know, that scout that compared him to a young Willie Mays doesn't sound all that foolish. Holy crap.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 08:23 PM

Here is the catch
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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:20 PM

Here is the catch
YouTube


Yeah, it's linked in the story too. But no links, for that catch, is too many. In fact. Here it is again.

The most impressive part of the catch is that he didn't even lose the sunglasses off of his head. He made a nice diving catch earlier this year and his hat and sunglasses went flying. Not this time.

He's a freak. We talk about Mauer (and now Stewart) being better QBs than what the Vikings have. Buxton would be a better WR or DB than the Vikings have. (And please, pretty please, somebody tell me to stick to baseball.)

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:22 PM

Byron Buxton Diving Catch June 10,2013 - YouTube

That's also video of the Buxton catch.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:38 PM

BaseballAmerica's J.J. Cooper was at the game today and said in his 20 years of watching prospects Buxton is the best teenage prospect he has ever seen live. He later notes he never saw Trout/Harper live but still. Anyone who follows J.J. on tweeter would have read how much he likes him today. Here is a post up on BA he wrote about him:

Byron Buxton Makes A Catch for The Ages - BaseballAmerica.com

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:39 PM

Yeah, it's linked in the story too. But no links, for that catch, is too many. In fact. Here it is again.

The most impressive part of the catch is that he didn't even lose the sunglasses off of his head. He made a nice diving catch earlier this year and his hat and sunglasses went flying. Not this time.

He's a freak. We talk about Mauer (and now Stewart) being better QBs than what the Vikings have. Buxton would be a better WR or DB than the Vikings have. (And please, pretty please, somebody tell me to stick to baseball.)


As if "the catch" wasn't enough for one day's worth of legend-building, the legged-out triple was also little short of amazing. A scout had written earlier on that he has never seen a guy cover the ground from first to third quicker- he proved that was a true observation today- there is no question that the Twins have never had a prospect like this before.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:40 PM

Walker is 53 for 54 in stolen bases in his collegiate and professional career. That is crazy for a young man @ 6'4 230 lbs. He had another big SB today

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:41 PM

BaseballAmerica's J.J. Cooper was at the game today and said in his 20 years of watching prospects Buxton is the best teenage prospect he has ever seen live. He later notes he never saw Trout/Harper live but still. Anyone who follows J.J. on tweeter would have read how much he likes him today. Here is a post up on BA he wrote about him:

Byron Buxton Makes A Catch for The Ages - BaseballAmerica.com


You are encouraged to visit the link and comment about how much you hate commenter "Sid P". Go!

By the way, the video is also available there.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:43 PM

BaseballAmerica's J.J. Cooper was at the game today and said in his 20 years of watching prospects Buxton is the best teenage prospect he has ever seen live. He later notes he never saw Trout/Harper live but still. Anyone who follows J.J. on tweeter would have read how much he likes him today. Here is a post up on BA he wrote about him:

Byron Buxton Makes A Catch for The Ages - BaseballAmerica.com


Thanks for the great find, cmb! I took some static a month ago when I asserted that the Twins must change their standard operating procedure on how to handle someone this good- I'm now more convinced than ever that Buck must be fast-tracked as quickly as possible to the show.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:45 PM

Walker is 53 for 54 in stolen bases in his collegiate and professional career. That is crazy for a young man @ 6'4 230 lbs. He had another big SB today


I would hope that Walker would share some of his SB secrets with Buxton, right now, base running is the only visible chink in Byron's armor.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:50 PM

Last year I watched Trout tear the league apart and I thought to myself... If only the Twins could bring up a young guy like Trout. I was so jealous of the Angels.

After watching Buxton for the first time... I'm trying real hard to temper my enthusiasm because it was just one game... But I'm reading the stats for the year... Watching the game... Reading the scouting reports... Watching the game... Listening to Molitor talk about how coachable he is... Watching the game... Hearing TK talk about how Molitor will talk to him about not slowing into second instead of busting hard for triple and watching the next bat be a triple like he was just coached before our eyes.

I'm trying hard to temper my enthusiasm but everything is matching up. The Twins version of Trout seems to be a step or two away. Wow... That felt good. Hope he continues to punish the minors.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 10:39 PM

ROC is only a player short till Plouffe is activated & someone is sent back

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 10:50 PM

Last year I watched Trout tear the league apart and I thought to myself... If only the Twins could bring up a young guy like Trout. I was so jealous of the Angels.

After watching Buxton for the first time... I'm trying real hard to temper my enthusiasm because it was just one game... But I'm reading the stats for the year... Watching the game... Reading the scouting reports... Watching the game... Listening to Molitor talk about how coachable he is... Watching the game... Hearing TK talk about how Molitor will talk to him about not slowing into second instead of busting hard for triple and watching the next bat be a triple like he was just coached before our eyes.

I'm trying hard to temper my enthusiasm but everything is matching up. The Twins version of Trout seems to be a step or two away. Wow... That felt good. Hope he continues to punish the minors.


Watch the replay on the triple Byron Buxton triple June 12 2013 - YouTube. It is supposedly established lore that Bo Jackson is the fastest right hander from home to first---at 3.89 seconds. This is youtube, not an official stopwatch, mind you- but Buxton appears to get to first base, leaving home plate between the 5 and 6 second mark in the video and touching first, rounding the base mind you, at just about the 9 second mark.


More than that, on about his third stride after just touching first, he appears to actually ACCELERATE his speed to another gear altogether-- just as the RF is getting the relay from the CF, and then he still beats the throw to third.

All in all, he goes from home to third in under, or around 10 seconds- in youtube time, anyway.

Edited by jokin, 10 June 2013 - 10:54 PM.


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:03 PM

BaseballAmerica's J.J. Cooper was at the game today and said in his 20 years of watching prospects Buxton is the best teenage prospect he has ever seen live. He later notes he never saw Trout/Harper live but still. Anyone who follows J.J. on tweeter would have read how much he likes him today. Here is a post up on BA he wrote about him:

Byron Buxton Makes A Catch for The Ages - BaseballAmerica.com


Buxton's catch was No. 2 on SportsCenter evidently!