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Twins prospect Buxton: Better than Trout?

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07:27 AM ET 07.01 | Of all places, The Next Big Thing may be in Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- again. Just two years after he dominated the Midwest League for Cedar Rapids, Mike Trout produced one of the best rookie seasons in baseball history. So how is it possible that there's a guy in the same league -- in the same city -- who is ... (looks around to see if anyone is within earshot) ... better? It seems crazy to compare anyone to a player who just produced one of the greatest age 20 seasons ever. But scouts who have seen Cedar Rapids center fielder Byron Buxton this spring are no longer wondering whether he's the best prospect in baseball. They are wondering how the Twins farmhand -- the Kernels switched affiliations from the Angels to the Twins this season -- compares to the best prospects they've ever seen.

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July 1, 2013  08:24 AM ET

Let me know when he's done something in the MLB.

July 1, 2013  08:58 AM ET

We are talking about a A League ball player here who has never seen a fast ball with a lot of movement or a big time curve ball. If the report happens to work out for the Twinkles the sad thing is that he will only be with them until he is illegal for free agency, because they will not be able to afford him.

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July 1, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Let's see what he does in AAA before putting him in the hall of fame.

July 1, 2013  09:44 AM ET

Is there a guy every year in every sport who some dope says is the best prospect theyve ever seen?

July 1, 2013  09:52 AM ET

The kid was the second overall draft pick in 2012. He's worth keeping an eye on if you're a fan of baseball.

July 1, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Oh this crazy internet thing. You can say anything about anybody and somebody will believe it.

July 1, 2013  10:29 AM ET

He hasn't even played at AA yet so I would pump the brakes on this "superstar" for at least another year.

July 1, 2013  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Let's see what he does in AAA before putting him in the hall of fame.

Let's wait and see, can't give any opinion towards a unknown player :-) :-)

July 1, 2013  01:08 PM ET

Trout had some season, if this guy does half of that The Twins should be very thankful!!!!

July 1, 2013  01:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Let's wait and see, can't give any opinion towards a unknown player :-) :-)

an opinion is one thing, a comparison to a ROY winner who also was 2nd in the MVP balloting and one of the best players in the bigs is quite another, it's absurd.

July 1, 2013  01:42 PM ET

I've had the honor of watching him play at Cedar Rapids several times this year. He's definitely something special.

July 1, 2013  02:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Let's see what he does in AAA before putting him in the hall of fame.

As I heard in a movie the other day, "We don't know what we don't know." Sounds like something Yogi would have said.

July 1, 2013  02:19 PM ET

His picture looks like a baseball card shot from the 60s.

July 1, 2013  02:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

As I heard in a movie the other day, "We don't know what we don't know." Sounds like something Yogi would have said.

It's getting late early these days so I'll come right out and say I never said the things I said.

July 1, 2013  02:59 PM ET

There's a 6' 9" Lithuanian pitcher who throws 110 mph

July 1, 2013  05:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Oh this crazy internet thing. You can say anything about anybody and somebody will believe it.

Not everything that shines,, its gold. :-) :-) :-) :-)

July 1, 2013  06:59 PM ET

This comes from a Baseball America story comparing his stats at Cedar Rapids A ball to Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, Prince Fielder, Justin Upton, Jay Bruce, Oscar Tavares, and Mike Trout, since all of them played for Cedar Rapids at one time or another. It's not saying he's better than any of them, just comparing his stats to some of these other guys when they played there. Based upon his stats compared to theirs, the scouts are saying he could be something special if he continues at his current rate of development.

July 2, 2013  08:32 AM ET

MLB is full of future super stars who finally get to ML only to have mediocre careers, up and down to Triple A. Or spend their career going from team to team as a Utility player/ pinch hitter. Yes, some do go on to have stellar careers.

 
July 2, 2013  08:47 AM ET

If Buxton does pan out to be the player he is hyped up to be. The Twins would be crazy not to sign him for a long term deal. They should have some cash on hand to do that. They have not spent much money on many players, other than Mauer and Morneau. Other than those it is like the twins develop players for rest of ML. Once they develop a player the twins play him until he is arbitration eligible or has to be given a new contract. Then the twins will trade him for more prospects or a player the Twins can sign for less money(also with less talent).

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