Mike Trout’s talent is incredibly rare. At the young age of 22 he is already the best player in baseball. His quick ascent to stardom is unmatched. He not only won the Rookie of the Year at the age of 20, but he also has finished his first two seasons second in the MVP voting (he arguably could have finished first each season had he played on a better team). But in Minnesota, there is a speedy centerfielder named Byron Buxton, who is looking to duplicate what Trout has done and get to the big leagues quickly.
Byron Buxton is currently the best baseball prospect on the planet. The centerfielder does it all. He’s not only a stellar centerfielder, but he excels at the plate. Playing last season at just the age of 19, Buxton moved up two levels in the Twins system. He racked up 49 extra base-hits including 12 homeruns, while batting a combined .334. On the bases, Buxton is in a class of his own. He showed off his blazing speed by swiping 55 bases.
The first two minor league seasons of Trout and Buxton are very comparable and nearly identical. Trout stole 69 bases and Buxton stole a comparable 66. Whenever they reached base, both players were constant threats to score. Trout totaled 136 runs scored compared to Buxton’s 142. At the plate, Trout hit 12 homeruns while Buxton hit 17. Trout took four seasons to permanently make it to the majors and it appears Buxton may be on the same track. He should begin this season at AA, and there is a good chance that he ends it in AAA. This would put him in line to debut at some point in 2015.
This spring after earning an invite to spring training, Buxton homered and doubled before a wrist injury slowed him down. With all of the skills that Buxton possesses, he is clearly on the fast track to the big leagues. It is only a matter of time until he is running down balls in the gaps at Target Field and if Trout’s success is any indication, Buxton should be set to contribute right away.
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