By Chelsa Messinger
Some big names have been associated with the Fort Myers Miracle.
Jimmy Buffett and Bill Murray were once part owners. Current manager Doug Mientkiewicz is a World Series Champion. But possibly the biggest name of the future is playing for the Miracle right now.
His name is Byron Buxton.
Buxton is the No.1 prospect in Minor Leaugue Baseball, according to Baseball America. He was the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft. And he's a big name for the future of the Minnesota Twins.
"He's got power, he can run, he can throw, he's got all the tools necessary to be a good player," said Miracle Hitting Coach Jim Dwyer, a World Series champion with the Orioles in 1983.
Buxton has been compared to the biggest names in baseball. Scouts have called him the next Mike Trout, Tori Hunter,
or even the next Willie Mays.
"I dont' pay too much attention to it," said Buxton. "I just try to be myself and just go out there and play ball and have fun and try to give our team a win."
Buxton has spent most of this season on the disabled list with two wrist injuries.
"Being on the disabled list the first few months here.. I had to be very mentally strong," said Buxton. "You know you want to go out there and play baseball, but you can't. You have to try to get yourself better in the training room and just try to keep yourself motivated."
As of now, Buxton is hitting just .143 in 35 at bats this season.
"I know he's having a hard time dealing with the situation now," said Dwyer. "He's struggling at the plate a little, he's not used to that. He's got to get some at-bats, get some consistent playing time and he'll be fine. But he's a competitor, there's no doubt about that."