CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa As soon as the ball left the bat, there was no way anyone was going to catch it.
In the top of the third inning Monday at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Kane County shortstop David Bote's fly ball rocketed toward left-center field between D.J. Williams in left and Byron Buxton in center. Neither Cedar Rapids outfielder, it seemed, had a chance.
Then, like a superhero in a comic book, Buxton chased the ball down, flying through the air and stretching his glove out to snag the ball before sliding head first on the warning track and popping up with the ball in his glove. It was among the more difficult catches for an outfielder to make as the ball tailed away from him. Yet Buxton made it look easy, almost effortless.
That's the way it's been for Minnesota's highly touted prospect during his first season with the Kernels. Almost everything Buxton does seems to come easy to him. He runs with a sprinter's speed yet seems to glide across the turf with his long strides. H...