MINNEAPOLIS — The ponds and lakes nearby Baxley, Georgia, don’t freeze. Rarely does Byron Buxton’s hometown get cold or snow.
So a new stop in northwest Minnesota on a annual winter train with a Twins resulted in a immature core fielder’s initial time (and expected a last) walking on solidified water.
“I won’t do it again. we was on and a small moment went by my foot,” Buxton said. “It took me about 30 mins to get on. It took me 15 seconds to get behind off. They didn’t tell me it was ostensible to crack.”
The nerve-wracking ice time aside, Buxton relished his time on a caravan. The 22-year-old, who stays one of baseball’s best prospects, is indifferent and soft-spoken. By a finish of his four-day journey around a state, though, Buxton was warming adult to his approval cause among fans and commencement to welcome a purpose of a budding star.
The Twins took Buxton with a No. 2 altogether collect in a 2012 draft. Last June, he done his vital joining entrance with Minnesota. The knowledge wasn’t accurately well-spoken sailing for Buxton, even yet he had thrived during each teenager joining level.
In 46 games with a Twins, Buxton strike only .209 with an on-base commission of .250. He struck out 44 times and coaxed only 6 walks out of 138 image appearances.
“You don’t see pitching like that down in a teenager leagues,” Buxton pronounced this weekend during a team’s annual fan festival during Target Field. “You’ve only got to get adult here and get practiced to it and only be you.”
Despite those struggles, Buxton still has a clever possibility to be a Twins’ starting core fielder on opening day. That design became even clearer when a group traded Aaron Hicks to a New York Yankees this offseason in sell for catcher John Ryan Murphy.
It’s clear that a Twins classification has faith in what a Buxton can do, starting with his chosen speed. Buxton has been embracing a challenge, most quicker than he took to a ice in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, final week on debate with a team.
“That kind of drives me some-more and some-more each day to keep operative tough and be a best we can,” Buxton said.
One ability Buxton will be quite perplexing to file this open is bunting. He’s quick adequate to be means to make an impact simply by removing on base. Rod Carew, a Hall of Fame infielder and former Twins star who was one of a best bunters a diversion has ever seen, skeleton to share that present with Buxton this spring.
“I spoke to him during a march of a deteriorate final year,” pronounced Carew, who attended TwinsFest 4 months after pang a large heart attack. “Hopefully we can lay down with him this open and straighten out a few things and get him on a right path.”
Said Buxton: “They pronounced he was a best bunter ever. I’m really going to get with him this open training and see about this bunting deal.”
Fortunately for Buxton, he’ll be means to work with Carew in a regard of Fort Myers, Florida, where a H2O never freezes.