Way-Too-Early Predictions for 2016 AL Rookie of the Year

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton hits for a single during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

(AP Photo/Scott Kane)

1. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins

Buxton qualifies for Rookie of the Year next year by a single at-bat, though it’ll be interesting to see if he can recover after a rough first season. The speedy outfielder battled injuries and only hit a measly .209/.250/.326. There shouldn’t be too much concern though, as he’s still only 21 and will likely improve in his second season in the league. Aaron Hicks was shipped out of town, essentially handing Buxton a starting spot in the Minnesota outfield in 2016. What will he do with the opportunity?

3 Responses

  1. Ron Svetgoff

    no way on Joey Gallo, hits sub .200, strikeout rate 40%, and has a four and a half second long swing.


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