Twins top propsect Byron Buxton named Minor League Player of the Year
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Baseball America has crowned Minnesota Twins prospect Byron Buxton its 2013 Minor League Player of the Year.
Buxton hit .334/.424/.520 between Low-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, including 76 walks, 18 triples, and 55 stolen bases.
The award, given out each fall since 1981, has only been presented to one other Twin (Joe Mauer, 2003). Former Twins Jon Rauch (2000) and Delmon Young (2005) have also been honored while with other organizations.
With Wednesday's announcement, Buxton beat out Astros centerfielder George Springer, who nearly posted the first 40-40 season in minor league history between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Matt Eddy of Baseball America details Buxton's season at length, and as Eddy notes, Buxton's trajectory compares favorably with superstar Mike Trout, another phenom who passed through Cedar Rapids.