Kernels' Buxton Gets His Call Up To Fort Myers

By Jeff Johnson, Reporter

Cedar Rapids Kernels' Byron Buxton hangs on the fence during pre game festivities before their game against the Beloit Snappers at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday, April 4, 2013, in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Well, Mike Trout beat Byron Buxton in one category as a Cedar Rapids Kernels player. That would be games played.

Buxton was officially promoted from Cedar Rapids to high-Class A Fort Myers after Sunday afternoon's game at Wisconsin. The center fielder went 2-for-5 with a triple, run, RBI and walk in his Kernels' finale, a 13-9 victory.

The 19-year-old Georgian has turned himself into perhaps the top minor-league prospect in baseball with a first half of the season that wowed local fans and reminded them so much of former Kernel Mike Trout, who played 81 games for the Kernels in 2010. "Buck" hit .341 in 68 games, with 68 runs, 15 doubles, 10 triples, eight home runs and 55 RBIs.

He also stole 32 bases, posting an OPS (On Base Plus Slugging) of .990.

Most people anticipated Buxton being promoted after playing in last week's Midwest League All-Star Game, especially when outfield prospect Max Kepler was assigned to the Kernels last week.

But MWL fans got a bonus in being able to watch him four more times.

"If it happens, I would mot definitely be happy," Buxton told The Gazette at the MWL All-Star Game. "It would be a goal that I have accomplished."

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