Can rookie Byron Buxton build his offense and continue to show off the his amazing defense in the field?
Generally, when a team puts someone in right or left field that can’t necessarily be relied on, the center fielder ends up carrying more than a normal share of the weight. With Sano in right, or possibly left, and Eddie Rosario tentatively in left after a pretty good rookie season, this adds another level of responsibility for Buxton, who has retained his top prospect status despite a less-than-stellar rookie season.
Buxton has great athleticism and should be able to roam center just fine, but he’s also going to have to take up some slack for Sano in right, while finding a way to be more productive on offense. He is quick on the bases, but his bat was lacking in 2015, and he’s going to have to pick it up to be the player the Twin believe him to be. If 2016 is his breakout year, he’s going to be a dangerous weapon, but if the pressure gets to him – he may find himself fighting for his slot with guys like Max Kepler, who are ready to make the leap and take their own shot.
Buxton is the only true center fielder in the lot – his performance is an important piece in the Minnesota 2016 puzzle.