Byron Buxton, A Ray of Sunshine for the Twins


The Minnesota Twins 2015 season is off to a horrible start. They are currently 1-6 and are coming off an embarrassing 12-3 loss at the hands of the Kansas City Royals. Nobody was expecting the Twins to win the AL Central, but, they were expecting the team to be more competitive. That hasn’t been the case through seven games.

The season is young and things can only get better from here. The baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint, but, it appears Twin fans could be in for a long season.

The night is darkest just before the dawn. Yes, that’s a quote from Batman, but, it applies to the Twins situation. While the product on the field right now isn’t great, better days are ahead.

The Twins have one of the best farm systems in baseball. According to they have six of the top 50 prospects in the game. Leading the pack is 21-year old outfielder, Byron Buxton.

Buxton is regarded my many to be the top prospect in baseball. Veteran outfielder, Torii Hunter went as far as to compare him to the AL MVP, Mike Trout. Hunter was with the the Angles when Trout was coming up through their farm system. He saw first hand the player Trout was before he became Mike Trout. If Buxton becomes half the player Trout is, the Twins will be more than happy.

Buxton is currently with the Twins Double-A team, the Chattanooga Lookouts. Through the first two games Buxton looked more like Melvin Upton. In his first nine at-bats with the Lookouts, Buxton struck out six times.

Buxton’s production during the past three games have been more of what the Twins were hoping for from the games top prospect. He’s gone 6-21 with a double, a triple and his first home run. He’s recorded one RBI in each of the past three games and appears to have found his groove. In his last game he went 4-6 with a double and a triple with no strikeouts.

Buxton is expected to be in the Twins opening day lineup in 2016. Twin fans may get a glimpse of him with the big league club in September when the roster expands. Until that time comes, his progression and growth will be a thing to keep an eye on and something to be excited about.

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