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Baseball America picks Twins prospect Byron Buxton as minor league player of the year

Sep 11, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Baseball America announced that Twins stud prospect Byron Buxton is their minor league player of the year after the 19-year-old center fielder dominated two levels of Single-A in his first full pro season.

Picked second overall in the 2012 draft, Buxton hit .334 with 55 steals, 49 extra-base hits, 76 walks, and a .944 OPS in 125 games, doing things few teenagers have done in the Midwest League and Florida State League.

Matt Eddy of BA wrote a lengthy article about Buxton winning the award, complete with tons of interesting statistical tidbits, and it’s definitely worth reading the whole thing. Wil Myers, who won the award last year, is now a leading Rookie of the Year candidate, and 2011 winner Mike Trout won Rookie of the Year and finished runner-up for MVP the year after getting the BA award.

It’ll be tough for Buxton to follow exactly in those footsteps, because next season he’ll be 20 years old and probably headed to Double-A, but he’s the best all-around prospect in baseball and us Twins fans are already dreaming about his arrival.

  1. happytwinsfan - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    doo dah doo dah !!

  2. JB (the original) - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    “we” Twins fans

  3. gatordontplay - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    not trying to be a homer but George springer hit over 300 at double and triple a. hit over 38 homers and 40 stolen bases aswell as hittibg over 100 rbis

    • happytwinsfan - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      why not be a homer. it’s fun

  4. gdog97 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Springer was also 23 years old and had played college ball. Buxton is 19 and was hitting high school pitching a year ago. Not exactly the same comparison, gator.

    • gatordontplay - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Theres a deference between minor league player of the year and minior league best prospect. No question buxton is the best prospect and had a great season but springer had a historical year for minior leagues getting twp homers short of 40/40 (mainly cause most clubs would call someone of his talents to the majors).

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