There's a lot of buzz around Minnesota Twins centerfielder Byron Buxton. Always has been: the Twins drafted Buxton with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, and he entered both 2014 and 2015 as the top-ranked prospect in all of baseball.
Last year, the 22-year-old finally broke through, getting a 16-game taste of the majors. His .239 batting showed the typical adjustment period for rookies getting their first look at big-league pitching.
But there was no adjustment necessary in the outfield, where a quick first step, cheetah-esque top speed and sure-gloved performance were recognized instantly. In the field, Buxton doesn't just look like a pro. He looks like an All Star.
ESPN dedicated a buncha' words to Buxton earlier this week, declaring that he could be the "next big thing" in baseball, a peer with Angels phenom Mike Trout. You can read that story, and the quote from Joe Mauer — "I think [Buxton] can be as good as anybody in the game," the Twins star said — if you want some understanding of the hype around Buxton.
Or you can just watch this catch the kid made today in spring training. Try not to let your jaw hit your desk.