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Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is coming off a lost season in 2018. He missed all but 28 games, after colliding with the center-field wall at Safeco Field in Seattle, batting a measly .156 while tallying just eight hits, zero home runs and driving in just four runs during his injury-shortened season.


However, Buxton nearly matched those numbers in his first five plate appearances of Spring Training, causing him to almost immediately shoot up fantasy baseball draft boards.

With an ADP around pick 200, Buxton is a ​top 50 outfielder according to most mock drafts, however with every hit he records, the former top prospect seems to come off the board higher and higher in fantasy drafts.


The Twins center fielder had a dynamic start at this dish in ​Spring Training, going 5-for-5 while slugging two home runs and racking up 10 RBI.

Obviously, you should take Spring Training stats with a grain of salt, but it's hard not to get excited about what the 25-year-old center fielder could potentially do this season. Buxton had a breakout year of sorts in 2017, his first full season in the big leagues, winning a Gold Glove, while hitting .253 with 16 homers, 29 stolen bases, 69 runs scored and 51 RBI.

Buxton looks ready to move on from his 2018, but fantasy owners should remain cautiously optimistic. A bounce-back year is potentially in the cards and if Buxton is available somewhere in the 180-210 range, he would be the definition of a post-hype sleeper in 2019.


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