• Full name Byron Keiron Buxton
  • Born 12/18/1993 in Baxley, GA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Appling County
  • Debut 06/14/2015
  • Drafted in the 1st round (2nd overall) by the Minnesota Twins in 2012 (signed for $6,000,000).
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    Buxton emerged last summer and fall as the top position player in the 2012 draft class, first with his premium, athletic body and blazing speed, then with his emerging power potential and intriguing bat. Buxton has a chance to be a true five-tool player if his bat develops as hoped. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder has a high-waisted frame that oozes projection. He hasn't hit for big power this spring, with just two home runs, though he flashes plus raw power in batting practice and was runner-up (to Lewis Brinson) in last year's home run derby prior to the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field. Buxton's speed plays more presently, as he steals bases easily and covers acres of ground in center field. Some scouts have given him top-of-the-scale grades for both his speed (others call it well above-average) and at times for his throwing arm. He's shown a low-maintenance swing with a good path and premium bat speed that should allow him to hit for both average and power. Buxton will have to adjust to quality pitching, especially breaking balls. But as an amateur, he's shown the ability to sit back on offspeed pitches and hit them with authority the other way. Comparisons for Buxton range from Matt Kemp to a hybrid of brothers B.J. and Justin. Like Justin Upton, and he ranks as the top talent in his draft class.

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  • Rated Best Outfield Arm in the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014
  • Rated Best Defensive Outfielder in the Minnesota Twins in 2014
  • Rated Best Athlete in the Minnesota Twins in 2014
  • Rated Fastest Baserunner in the Minnesota Twins in 2014
  • Rated Best Hitter for Average in the Minnesota Twins in 2014
  • Rated Best Athlete in the Minnesota Twins in 2013
  • Rated Fastest Baserunner in the Minnesota Twins in 2013

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Career Transactions

  • Minnesota Twins activated CF Byron Buxton from the 10-day injured list.
  • Minnesota Twins sent CF Byron Buxton on a rehab assignment to St. Paul Saints.
  • Minnesota Twins sent CF Byron Buxton on a rehab assignment to St. Paul Saints.
  • Minnesota Twins placed CF Byron Buxton on the 10-day injured list retroactive to August 2, 2023. Right hamstring strain.
  • Minnesota Twins activated CF Byron Buxton from the paternity list.
  • Minnesota Twins placed CF Byron Buxton on the paternity list.
  • Minnesota Twins activated CF Byron Buxton from the 10-day injured list.
  • Minnesota Twins placed CF Byron Buxton on the 10-day injured list retroactive to June 3, 2023. Left rib contusion.

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