The Minnesota Twins are in the middle of re-building their roster, but that’s a situation that will be greatly improved in the near future thanks to Byron Buxton who was recently named MLB.com’s number one prospect.
The 20-year-old Buxton was already named Minor League Player of the Year in 2013 and will somehow look to improve off that this season, which could eventually end with a promotion to the big leagues.
Buxton is still a touch too raw to be given an every day job at the Major League level at this current moment, but it’s not outlandish to think he’d be ready for a cup of coffee at season end. Granted, that may not be likely as the Twins don’t want to kick of his arbitration clock early and have him become a Super Two player for a month of big league games.
Everywhere Buxton went, he stood out as the top talent on the field and a legitimate five-tool player. He has a simple, direct swing and creates excellent bat speed. Buxton’s power has already been better than expected and scouts expect it to improve more as he grows. His speed grades out at the top of the scale and he knows how to use it on the basepaths. Defensively, Buxton covers plenty of ground in center field and has good instincts in the outfield.
Expect to see Buxton roaming the Twins outfield on a regular basis in 2015.