Minnesota Twins: Byron Buxton is absolutely worth the injury troubles
By Billy Porter
Byron Buxton has a laundry list of injuries, but his unique talent just can’t be left off the field for the Minnesota Twins when healthy.
The thing that makes Byron Buxton so unique is his freakish speed. He’s among MLB’s elite, the best of the best. His unparalleled range makes those around him even better players. This would be hard, if not impossible, to replicate with any replacement for the Minnesota Twins.
Byron’s offense has improved steadily from his rookie season. It’s especially appealing to see his enhanced power with each MLB season. He’s crossed over 1000 MLB plate appearances which some consider a key maturation point in a career. At the age of 26, he should be coming into his own.
It’s not entirely far fetched Buxton could put up MVP caliber numbers to be in that company. His 2017 season saw him finish 18th in MVP voting, beating out the likes of Josh Donaldson. He nabbed a gold glove as well. I see 2017 as more of a bench mark than an aberration.
Buxton’s WAR stats put him into a special category, when healthy of course. He’s on track to possibly be the best Twins best defensive center fielder of all time. If he stays on the field I almost consider this a lock.
It’s prudent that cases have been made for him as the Twins’ franchise player. When it all adds up the positives outweigh the negatives. This is what aggravates Twins fans to no end with his stints to the DL.
Byron is just one of those incredibly talented players you have to take the good with the bad. Some of injuries come from hard, perhaps reckless play, that’s what makes him special. He ran a 4.37 40-yard dash, think about that. The highlight reel displays his speed, the human torch is just worth the aggravation.