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Twins’ Byron Buxton makes amazing leaping catch against wall (vid)


Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton has long been heralded as one of the best young prospects in baseball, and his blinding speed and impeccable glove skills were on full display Wednesday night when he chased down and snagged a fly ball before slamming into the wall at Target Field.

Buxton apparently traveled over 98 feet to track down Philadelphia Phillies pinch-hitter Tyler Goeddel smash to center during the eighth inning of the Twins’ 6-5 victory.

The young outfielder described the play following the game.

“I knew I was getting close to it. I said in my head, ‘Just hold on to the ball.’ I knew I was going to hit it pretty hard,” Buxton said, via the Star Tribune’s Phil Miller. “I try not to think about the wall too much. I know it’s there, but I really don’t think about it when I’m running.”

Twins skipper Paul Molitor expressed some relief he didn’t make a bench move the preceding inning.

“He made me glad I didn’t pinch-hit for him the inning before,” Molitor said. “Because you want to have his defense.”

Suffice to say, Buxton proved his manager’s assertion in spades.