Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins

174 MLB

HT/WT 6' 2", 190 lbs
Dec 18, 1993
SPORT Baseball
Status active


Byron Keiron Buxton (born December 18, 1993) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was the second highest-rated prospect in baseball according to and Baseball Prospectus in 2015.

Buxton is from Graham, Georgia, where he spent his adolescent years through high school. His father, Felton, owns a trucking company, and his mother, Carrie, works in a school cafeteria. He has a sister.  Buxton's cousin, Dexter Carter, is a former professional football player.

Buxton began dating Lindsey Tillery in 2012. She also attended Appling County High School, and was three years ahead of Buxton. The couple have two sons together; their oldest was born in 2013 and their second child was born in 2020.

Buxton attended Appling County High School in Baxley, Georgia. He was considered by some baseball analysts to be the most talented player available in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, and was selected as the second overall pick. He won Baseball America'Minor League Player of the Year Award in 2013. Buxton made his MLB debut in 2015 and he won the Gold Glove Award in 2017.


Buxton started playing baseball when he was six years old. He attended Appling County High School in Baxley, Georgia, where he played for the school's baseballbasketball and football teams. In his high school days, Buxton was given the nickname "Buck". As a pitcher during his senior year, he had a 10–1 win–loss record with a 1.90 earned run average and 154 strikeouts in 81 innings pitched. Buxton also threw a fastball that was recorded at 99 miles per hour (159 km/h). His speed eventually led him to obtaining a well-above average speed rating of 70 as he left high school and readied for the draft.

Scouts noticed Buxton when he was 15 years old. He was recruited to play on a traveling summer team. He appeared in baseball showcases, including the East Coast Pro Showcase and Under Armour All-America Baseball Game. As a senior in high school, Buxton hit for a .513 batting average with 38 stolen bases in 39 games. Buxton committed to a college baseball scholarship with the University of Georgia, intending to attempt to walk on to the football team. Considered a five-tool player, rated Buxton the best prospect available in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.



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