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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Tracking Technology Helped Baseball’s Best Fielding Outfielder - WSJ

Byron Buxton, the human vacuum cleaner who patrols center field for the Minnesota Twins, reached a frightening conclusion last winter: Even with his sprinter’s speed, superhuman instincts and unparalleled fearlessness around the wall, his defense could still be better.

He arrived at that belief thanks in part to Statcast, Major League Baseball’s sophisticated player-tracking technology that counts Buxton as perhaps its prototype player. With data provided by Statcast and the Twins’ coaching staff, Buxton learned that his first step—how quickly he reacts after the ball connects with the bat—wasn’t as quick as he would have liked.

So over the offseason, he spent a couple weeks at his old high school in Baxley, Ga., focusing intensely on trying to improve an area that not long ago couldn’t have been quantified.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:21 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Friday, September 01, 2017

Area woman realizes how many of her kids she likes less than Byron Buxton - Twinkie Town

“I’ll be honest with you, my kids can be pricks,” said the Cottage Grove human resources administrator. “Cale’s got a busted arm from doing skateboard tricks on the stairs at the middle school, which I’ve told him 100 ####### times not to do. Buxton is carrying this team. He needs to be healthy, especially if (Miguel) Sano is still hurt.”

Hauser said her relationship with her children is far from strained, but Buxton’s injury has clarified some things.

“When I heard the news, I thought, ‘Why not Tyler? He’s a little #### sometimes.’ Same thing goes for Brendan, my youngest. Kid can’t stay out of detention. All three boys take after their dad (Hauser is divorced), so I assume they’ll just leave home for the next redhead who’ll give ‘em a beej in the Friday’s parking lot. Buxton seems he’s got a good head on his shoulders.

“That’s when I realized that I was pretty invested in this team. And that my boys, God love ‘em, are…”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2017 at 01:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Twins’ Byron Buxton exits with hand injury | MLB.com

A possible left hamate bone injury. MRI was done this morning. Bummer.

Update: Bone contusion and not a break.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2017 at 12:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Twins Byron Buxton evolving as a hitter | MLB.com

If Buxton never learns how to hit, the glove alone—depending on your metric, he’s one of the best outfielders in baseball along with Ender Inciarte and Mookie Betts—makes him useful. If he’s a league-average hitter, he’s a star. If Buxton is actually the dangerous hitter we saw last September and are seeing now, the sky is almost literally the limit.

We’re a long way from that, of course. Buxton is only 23. He’s been poor at the plate more this year than he’s been an asset. But when a player has all the tools, you’re just looking for signs that the talent is breaking through. We are most certainly seeing those signs from Buxton.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Buxton’s catch at the wall | MLB.com

This Buxton guy is pretty good.

Since he’s returned from the DL his bat is showing some life as well:

 

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton: A bust? - Minor League Ball

Byron Buxton’s progression fascinates me. His minor league track record suggests offensive ability. Except in his late season return last year, however, he’s been bad with the Twins. I wonder, though, how much the constant modifications to his hitting mechanics have hurt him? It will be interesting to see how he progresses once he sticks to the same mechanics over an extended period.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Breaking Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins - Articles - Homepage - Twins Daily

What the Twins have done with Byron Buxton development is abysmal. They rushed him up too soon and he’s never been able to get comfortable in a MLB box.

As a reminder, this is what he did last year:

This is what he’s done so far this season:

Now I don’t expect him to hit 9 homers every month but the guy clearly has enough power to make a ground ball approach seem like a tremendous waste of talent.

From what I’ve seen of the guy, his biggest problem is his approach. He doesn’t seem to have a plan. He’s lost. Adding in shifting mechanics only makes things worse and destroys what little confidence that guy has.

Here’s a link to his September play. Here’s a link to his 2017 play.

I don’t have time to embed the graphics here but if you look at the graphics, I believe they support the notion that his approach is the problem.

His pitch recognition on breaking pitches stinks. He swings at way too may breaking pitches down and away. He often then gets beat on hard stuff because at other times he’s looking for breaking pitches. Now, thanks to the wonder that is the Internet and MLBAM, I’ve been able to watch a lot of his ABs, but I haven’t watched them all. Am I wrong? I’m sure some of you watch every Twins game. What do you think?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 36 comment(s)
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Pretty in pink: See Buxton’s gorgeous grab | MLB.com

This guy is pretty, pretty good with the glove.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Twins’ Byron Buxton shows off blazing speed | MLB.com

This guy is a special player. He just needs to be a more consistent hitter to be a star.

Edit: Aaron Gleeman wrote a little about Buxton today over at BP.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 7 comment(s)
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