This is the Byron Buxton we thought we were going to get when he was drafted 1st overall in 2012. He's always had elite speed but he let a lot to be desired with the bat, until this season. He's tied for 2nd in home runs with 8, hitting .426, has an OBP of .466, is slugging .897, and has an OPS of 1.363. He's been so damn good. But like I said he's always had the glove, you can't teach speed like that. It's insane how good he is in the field, he gets to everything. No regard for his body at all, full extension laying out and bringing it in saving a hit.
Buxton is one of those guys that you had to have in your lineup because how good he was in the field, even if he wasn't producing with the bat. Well that's the old Buxton. This Buxton is making the diving catches, crashing up against the wall taking hits away and hitting taters. He'll get some MVP votes if he keeps this up too. The second catch in the clip isn't too shabby either, I don't know what personal vendetta he has against Andrew Benetendi but it seems personable. He's starting to get in that "let me check what he did tonight" category with Tatis Jr., Ohtani, and Trout, that's how good he has been this season. And most of the time you want to check in to see what catch he made, not because of his bat. This won't be the last great catch by Buxton either, you'll see them throughout the season and at the end of the year when he accepts that gold glove. Best defensive center fielder in baseball? I think so.