2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Byron Buxton
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton and lets fantasy baseball owners know what they can expect during the 2019 MLB season.
Once again, Byron Buxton will be a polarizing player in upcoming drafts and auctions. Owning name recognition and upside, someone will reach for Buxton hoping for him to return to his top prospect status. Buxton only appeared in 28 games last year accruing 90 at-bats with eight runs, four RBI and five stolen bases. He hit an abysmal .156/.183/.200 within them before missing time to injury and spending his rehab stuck in the minor leagues.
Buxton’s one year removed from 69 runs, 16 home runs, 51 RBI, 29 stolen bases and a .253/.314/.413 slash line in 140 games. Although his average went up, so did his strikeout rate. Given his inability to make consistent contact, Buxton will lure in fantasy owners with the chance for double digit home runs and 30-plus stolen bases with health.
It’s difficult to attach labels to young players, but here’s Buxton’s disabled list stints with Minnesota:
Migraines bothered him in the past, and owners who targeted him in the first five...