Byron Buxton

#25 CF / Minnesota Twins / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 189 lb Age: 24 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    Player Outlook

    Byron Buxton had epic struggles at the plate to begin last season, hitting .147 with a .433 OPS in the first month while striking out in 37 percent of his plate appearances. The Twins kept him in the lineup for his defense -- he was the top outfielder in baseball by most advanced metrics. Buxton completely changed his swing in May, dropping his leg kick and almost starting from scratch with some awkward initial at-bats. The radical changes helped as Buxton hit .300 with 11 home runs, an .893 OPS and a 27.6 percent strikeout rate after the All-Star break. Buxton may be the fastest player in the majors, which allows him to be supremely efficient on the basepaths, where he stole 29 bases on 30 attempts. Despite his second half renaissance, Buxton still has work to do with pitch recognition, which would lead to fewer strikeouts and more walks. Given his pedigree (No. 2 overall pick in 2012) and rare power-speed combo, Buxton's upside appears unlimited entering his age-24 season.

    Player News
    • Twins' Byron Buxton: Tests reveal no fracture
      By RotoWire Staff

      Tests revealed Buxton did not suffer a fractured rib following a collision with the outfield wall during Tuesday's wild-card game against the Yankees, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. While an earlier report indicated Buxton was dealing with a cracked rib, Saturday's test results seem to indicate otherwise, which is encouraging news. He should be able to resume his normal offseason work after a short recovery.

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    • Twins' Byron Buxton: Dealing with cracked rib
      By RotoWire Staff

      Buxton played through a cracked rib after crashing into the outfield wall during Tuesday's wild-card game against the Yankees, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports. Although Buxton was officially removed with upper-back tightness, it appears as though the center fielder instead suffered a cracked rib while making a spectacular play to rob Todd Frazier of extra bases. Since the Twins have been eliminated from the playoffs, this injury shouldn't have any fantasy impact, but it will just mean a longer recovery for Buxton. He will be good to go for spring training.

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    • Twins' Byron Buxton: Set for tests on back injury
      By RotoWire Staff

      Buxton, who suffered from upper-back tightness in the Twins' loss to the Yankees in the American League wild-card game Tuesday, will likely undergo further tests in the days to come, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Buxton sustained the injury upon slamming into the wall while making a catch and was lifted from the game after three innings. With the Twins returning to Minnesota on Wednesday, Buxton will be reexamined by team doctors to determine if the outfielder is dealing with anything more than tightness heading into the offseason. Buxton didn't express much concern about the injury after the game, so for now, the expectation remains that he'll enter spring training at full health. Thanks largely to a big second half, Buxton ended up improving his all-around production in 2017, slashing .253/.314/.413 with 16 home runs, 51 RB1, 69 runs and a 29-for-30 success rate on stolen bases.

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    • Buxton left Tuesday's wild-card game against the Yankees with an undisclosed injury, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. Buxton collided with the wall while making a catch during the second inning and is now dealing with some lingering discomfort. While specifics on the injury haven't been released, Buxton was replaced by Zack Granite in center field to start the bottom of the fourth inning.

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    • Twins' Byron Buxton: Out of Saturday's lineup
      By RotoWire Staff

      Buxton is out of Saturday's lineup against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The Twins will give Buxton the day off for the second time in the last three games, which suggests he might be dealing with some general soreness and they want to get him as fresh as possible for the wild-card game. Zack Granite is starting in center field and leading off.

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    Stats

    YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBKOSBAVG
    2017 MIN 140 462 69 117 16 51 38 150 29 .253
    2016 MIN 92 298 44 67 10 38 23 118 10 .224
    TOTAL 278 889 129 211 28 95 67 312 41

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    SituationH/ABAVGHRRBISBBBKO
    vs (CAREER) 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    vs RHP 80/331 .242 12 38 24 21 112

    Last 7 Games

    DATEOppABRHHRRBIBBKOSB
    10/01
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    3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    9/30
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    0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    9/29
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    4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    9/28
    0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    9/27
    4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    9/26
    5 0 2 0 1 0 2 1
    9/24
    5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

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    4/02
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    4/04
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    4/05
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    4/07
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