Jake Mauer on Byron Buxton
Last week, I had a chance to chat with Cedar Rapids manager Jake Mauer for a story (or parts of stories) that will be in the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook 2014. I'll share a small part of it here.
Here is what he had to say about Byron Buxton:
His makeup is what I think is going to be the separator. We have a lot of talented kids that come through, and kids with ability. They may not be in the same level as Buxton’s ability, I mean, he was born with a gift, and he’s talented through the roof. You can throw out all of the scales as far as athletic ability, but his mental makeup and his approach to the game... He’s not happy with just being a good minor league player. He wants to be good. He wants to be a good big league player, and he has a chance to be an impact player for a long, long time.
Things have changed a lot. I can remember Joe (Mauer) being first round, first overall and the media coverage that he got. What Buxton went through this summer was completely different. It was ten times more media people there, and he handled it very well. More important, he went on the field and did what everybody thinks he can do.
At each level, he’s going to be challenged, but I think that his mental makeup is what’s going to carry him.