Twins GM Terry Ryan could see Byron Buxton debuting in 2015

15 Comments

Per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Twins GM Terry Ryan could see top prospect Byron Buxton making his major league debut in 2015. Ryan said, “I don’t see him breaking camp with us but I do see may surfacing in the major leagues in 2015.”

Buxton, 21, was the consensus #1 overall prospect entering last season. His progress was stunted, however, as he suffered a rash of injuries during the course of 2014, starting with a wrist injury in March. He reinjured the wrist sliding into third base in May. In August, Buxton collided with his teammate in the outfield in his first game at Double-A and had to be taken off on a stretcher. In October in the Arizona Fall League, Buxton suffered a dislocated finger which required surgery.

Buxton will likely begin the 2015 season with Double-A Chattanooga but expect the Twins to be aggressive with his progression as long as he’s healthy and productive.

Mike Trout voted 2019 American League Most Valuable Player

Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
13 Comments

The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Angels outfielder Mike Trout the Most Valuable Player in the American League for the 2019 season. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes, earning the third AL MVP Award of his career.

Trout, 28, missed the final three weeks of the season due to a foot injury, but his numbers were still strong enough to overcome the competition. He led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and a 185 adjusted OPS, and led the AL with a .645 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS. He also slugged 45 home runs, knocked in 104 runs, scored 110 runs, and stole 11 bases in 600 plate appearances. FanGraphs also gave him an edge over the competition in WAR at 8.6.

Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and ’16, is the third Angel to snag the hardware, joining Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. (2004). He is the 11th player to win three MVP awards, joining Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Álex Rodríguez, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds. Bonds is the only player to have won the award more than three times, winning a whopping seven MVP awards.

Alex Bregman finished in a close second place followed by Marcus  Semien, DJ LeMahieu, and Xander Bogaerts. Also receiving votes were Matt Chapman, George Springer, Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Rafael Devers, Jorge Polanco, Austin Meadows, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Gleyber Torres, Eddie Rosario, José Abreu, Max Kepler, J.D. Martinez, Yoán Moncada, Charlie Morton, Matt Olson, and Jorge Soler.