By Mike Petriello / MLB.com | @mike_petriello | September 14th,
Byron Buxton checks every box defensively. He glides in the outfield, befitting his status as one of baseball’s two fastest players. Buxton makes spectacular plays that look great, and he makes spectacular plays that look easy, too.
It was clear back in March that the Twins’ outfield defense would be a strength, and that Buxton would be the primary man responsible for it. He passes both the eye test and the data test, and as we introduce our latest Statcast™ metric, Outs Above Average (OAA), Buxton is a wonderful name to have at the top of our leaderboard. Having saved +23 outs over an average outfielder — and nearly 40 above those at the bottom of the list — he isn’t just baseball’s smoothest-looking outfielder, he’s also the best at tracking down flies, so says the data.
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