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Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton

CF - MIN
Age: 25Bats: RThrows: R

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Once deemed a future superstar, Buxton spent most of 2018 in Triple-A after batting .156 with a -3 wRC+ in 94 dreadful big league plate appearances. It was understandable to write him off, but he remained an elite defender who posted Statcast's highest sprint speed. Now he's once again showing signs of a legitimate breakout by batting .262/.314/.513 with 10 homers and 14 steals. The strikeout rate is down to a tenable 23.1%, and he has substantially elevated both his launch angle and exit velocity. Unfortunately, the 25-year-old is still struggling to stay healthy. Minnesota placed him on the IL on June 18 with a wrist contusion. He returned in late June but went back on the shelf a month later with a concussion. A shoulder injury will now sidelined him in August, and there's no timetable for his return after suffering a setback. It wouldn't be out of line to cut him in redraft leagues.

Buxton has had streaks this season that show why there is still reason to be optimistic about his potential but overall, it has been the same old mediocre statline with some power and speed, but a less than ideal batting average.

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