Recall the first post of this blog in 2020: ‘Byron Buxton Still May Have a Future That is Bright‘. Call it the eye test, and trusting in it. Perhaps it was just a lucky gut feeling. However, it looks like Byron Buxton is everything we always thought he could be when healthy and in his prime. First, let’s examine his inside-the-park homer from Wednesday night; which was a 5-1 win from the Twins at Chicago.
The unconventional home run served as Buxton’s 10th of the young season. Still, the best was yet to come. That’s because on Thursday afternoon at US Cellular Field, he hit two more and collected three hits in a White Sox win.
Here’s the second one, fully embedded for your enjoyment.
Currently, Buxton is slugging .622 with an OPS of .894; phenomenal for a guy who has walked just one time in 111 at-bats. Combine that with his defense and speed, and you have a superstar on your hands once again.
Sometimes in baseball, things like this happen that people should have seen coming and at the same time, they make no sense at all. Buxton’s truth probably lies somewhere in between. The fact of the matter is, if he got around 500 plate appearances this year you could be looking at a 40 home run season.