MINNEAPOLIS -- In what shouldn't come as a huge surprise, Minnesota Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton was named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Buxton, the No. 2 overall pick in last year's Major League Baseball draft, put up impressive numbers in his first full minor league season. The 19-year-old outfielder began the year with Low-A Cedar Rapids, where he hit .341 with eight home runs, 10 triples, 15 doubles, 32 stolen bases and 55 RBI in 68 games with the Kernels.
Those numbers earned him a mid-season promotion to High-A Fort Myers, where Buxton continued his hot hitting. In 57 games with the Miracle, Buxton batted .326 with four homers, eight triples and 23 stolen bases. One scout told Baseball America that Buxton is "the best minor leaguer I've ever seen."
Before the season started, Buxton was rated No. 10 on Baseball America's prospect ratings. He jumped up that list to eventually be ranked as the top prospect by midseason. Fellow Twins pros...