After a very slow start at the plate, Byron Buxton is looking like he may have hit a turning point for the Minnesota Twins.
It’s no secret to the Minnesota Twins, or the rest of the MLB for that matter, that Byron Buxton has really struggled at the plate. He has more strikeouts than hits and walks combined, which has led him to having the worst batting average on the team.
Twins’ fans can be as patient as possible, but after twenty games of abysmal batting, the demotion to AAA talk started around Buxton. We’ve all been waiting for him to make some kind of improvement at the plate.
Finally, Byron Buxton has shown the Minnesota Twins some improvement. The series against the Texas Rangers earlier this week was by far his best of the season, batting wise. For once, he looked comfortable at the plate.
Heading into the series against the Rangers, Byron Buxton was hitting .109 with 27 strikeouts and only two walks. He also only had 6 hits in those 15 games and had yet to get an RBI on the season.
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Something needed to change for Buxton, and quick.
Maybe it was the batting lessons from Torii Hunter or maybe he finally got new contacts, but either way, the change was made.
In the 3-game series against the Texas Rangers, Byron Buxton went 3-for-7 with one RBI. He also earned 5 walks in that series alone. Oh, and he only struck out one time. For Buxton, this series has to be a very encouraging sign.
While him getting 3 hits in a 3-game series is impressive, what’s more impressive is the patience he finally showed at the plate. Buxton is most dangerous when he is on the bases. With his speed, the more walks he earns, the more stolen bases he can get and the higher the chance is for him crossing home plate.
It’s nice to see Buxton getting out of the horrible slump he’s been in, even if just for one series. The Minnesota Twins will continue to play him out in center field and keep their hopes high that this series is a stepping stone of things to come for Byron Buxton.