Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/11/13
More than 250 players in the full-season minors out-homered Byron Buxton this season. Yet that didn’t prevent the 19-year-old center fielder from ranking as the No. 1 prospect in baseball at midseason or from winning the Midwest League MVP award or from—spoiler alert—ranking as the top prospect in both Class A leagues in which he played this season. The Twins even ticketed their uber-prospect in the words of one scout “The best minor leaguer I’ve ever seen” for the Arizona Fall League in October. Now Buxton can add one more feather to his cap: Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year a distinction he sewed up with an all-around game seldom seen from a teenager in his first full season. In stops at low Class A Cedar Rapids and—following a late-June promotion—high Class A Fort Myers Buxton hit a cumulative .334/.424/.520 with 49 extra-base hits 55 stolen bases and a sparkling 76-to-105 walk-to-strikeout ratio in 125 games. He led the minors with 18 triples finished second w...
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