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How excited would you be to have an opportunity to watch Buxton play Major League games in September?
He is still ridiculously young, so let's see what he does in AA.
Overall line in high-A: .295/.380/.448/.928, 8 HR and 29 SB in 87 games
Both cases demonstrate the inertia of analysis sticking to original evaluations and evaluation frameworks despite contrary evidence.
Joey Gallo us the same age, 20, and his overall line in high A this year was
323/.463/.735/1.199, 21 HR and 5 SB in 58 games (64 strikeouts in 189 ABs)
If you expect Buxton to be a superstar (which is what the #1 prospect in baseball should be), you don't expect him to be still in A ball at age 20, even A+, and certainly not scuffling there. You expect him to be scuffling in AAA or the Majors.
the fact that he was hurt and missed time worries me more than his SSS slash stats for the year
As well they should. He's strikes out far too much and with no secondary skills to fall back on, yeah, bust is in play. Your argument that everyone strikes out now so it's cool is...not a winner.
We are no longer in a high HR environment, yet he's hitting them at rates we've never seen from a young minor league player.
Barry bonds struck out one hundred times only once in his career and that was his rookie year and very few players have ever been platooned Against and face relievers as much as him.
There are lots of examples of minor league sluggers who hit tons of HR, but weren't able to translate that performance to MLB due to issues with contact. Look at Brandon Wood, for example, or Brad Eldred.
Rob Deer and Russell Branyon struck out at similar raw rates to Joey, but at higher rates relative to their peers, and they weren't hitting for his power
They aren't even close, no one is, to the best HR prospect of all time, Joey Gallo.
You argue fun! So Russell Branyan with a little more power? Is that a good or a bad thing? Does that mean he'll play for 12 teams since Branyan played for ten?
So relative to their peers, Gallo homered a bit more than Branyan and also K'd a bit more (not less)
Ron Kittle last 2 minor league years had 90 HR in 1016 PAs
Tony Solaita (at 21 had 49 in 467 PAs in the Carolina League)...
Career to Age 20:JG: .268/.380/.638/.1.018 RB: .255/.340/.520/.860JG: 281 games, 100 HR, 10% HR/AB, 14.5% walk rate, 40% K rateRB: 261 games, 64 HR, 6.8% HR/AB, 10.7% walk rate, 38% K rateLevels:JG: AA ball at age 20, so far averaging about 3 years younger than leagues.RB: A ball at age 20, averaged about 1.5 years younger than leagues.3B Fielding percentage JG: .928 career to age 20, .940 age 20 season.RB: .870 career to age 20, .885 age 20 season..
Myrtle beach has a wide HR league in the Carolina League this year - subtract Gallo's HRs and they STILL lead.
Center fielder Byron Buxton, baseball's top prospect, was taken off the field in an ambulance Wednesday night in Double-A New Britain's game against Bowie after colliding with right fielder Mike Kvasnicka in the fifth inning.
Did they build a new park in Myrtle?
his does seem to have been a pretty good place to hit, but still, 66 HR.
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