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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: TAKE ANOTHER SHOT ON BYRON BUXTON????

With Danny Santana hitting the disabled list Monday due to a strained hamstring, the Minnesota Twins moved quickly to address the sudden lack of speed in their lineup by promoting top outfield prospetc Byron Buxton for another chance to finally stick in the majors leagues.  No stranger to injury himself, Buxton is really testing the patience of those who eagerly drafted him due to what most say is unlimited five-tool potential.  Unfortunately the tools have not shown up in either of the former number 2 pick overall in the 2012 draft two cracks at the majors, both in 2015 and at the start of this season.  THe numbers are ugly here as you can see below from both stays:

2015:  .209 2 HR 16 R 6 RBI 2 SB
2016:  .156 0 HR 5 R 2 RBI 2 SB

Buxton simply has not hit in either stay with the Twins and a lot of it has to do with injuries stunting development time at the minor league level and also because of some very pronounced contact issues.  In fact it was downright frightening how awful Buxton was with the strike zone as his K/9 rate in 2015 was a crazy 31.9 percent and this season was an unfathomable 49.0 percent.  So Buxton basically was striking out in half of his at-bats in 2016 and that is why the Twins sent him back down for more seasoning.  Again though Buxton is still very young at 22 and we have seen countless examples of top prospects who needed to go until 24 or 25 before the even got comfortable at the major league level.  So what Buxton is doing is not totally shocking and early Quad-A labels are off the mark.  What was nice to see was Buxton doing everything at Triple-A after his demotion as he goes into his second stint with the Twins this season batting a scorching .336 with 6 home runs and 4 stolen bases in just 129 at-bats.  Those were the numbers Buxton's fantasy baseball owners expected and the burst in pop was very nice to see as he didn't show much there initially even on the farm.  Stay patient with Buxton because you don't want to be that guy who gave up on him too soon and then saw him flourish with another owner.  Pick him up where available and hope this is when things finally do click. 


2 comments:

  1. can u rank these 3 2B at the moment Trea Turner got called up? Brian Dozier, Devon Travis and Trea Turner. thx

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    1. Turner, Travis, Dozier. Can't stand Dozier.

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