March 26, 2016 – 4:32pm EST- Thomas Neumann – ESPN.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Byron Buxton strolls into the Minnesota Twins dugout and surveys the playing field at Hammond Stadium.
It’s a little more than an hour after sunrise, and the centerpiece of the team’s spring training complex is immaculate and quiet. The air is crisp and comfortable, but the humidity of southwest Florida will check in for duty shortly.
“It’s real nice here,” says the 22-year-old center fielder. “Not too hot, not too cold. In about 30 more minutes, it’s gonna be hot.”
Buxton is just talking about the weather, but maybe the observation also works as a metaphor for the next 12 months or even the next 12 years of his career. That’s because he’s one of the most gifted athletes in baseball and is widely considered one of the top three prospects in the sport for the third consecutive year.
Buxton is projected to do tremendous things, and the future might be now for the Georgia native who draws comparisons to Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout. Buxton is well positioned to make the Twins’ Opening Day roster for the first time, and if he does, the baseball world will pay close attention to the results.