VIDEO: Twins prospect Byron Buxton is awesome

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Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton was the second overall pick in last year's MLB draft out of Appling County (Ga.) High School, and since then he's done nothing but impress.

Here's an example:

I don't go for hyperbole on catches ("The best catch you'll ever see!"), but that's an incredibly difficult play to make. Catching any ball while diving is tough, just as is catching any ball while running almost straight backward. Buxton did both there on the warning track.

Not that Buxton is all defense. The 19-year-old is now hitting .350/.444/.578 with 14 doubles, eight triples, seven homers, 47 RBI, 60 runs and 26 stolen bases in 58 games for Class-A Cedar Rapids.

Remember, a scout told my colleague Jon Heyman recently that Buxton is "the best player I ever saw," went on to say he's a better athlete than Alex Rodriguez -- and compared Buxton to a healthy Matt Kemp.

So while the Twins suffer through a mediocre 2013 season, at least their fans have something -- or rather, someone -- to look forward to.


CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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