Former Appling County High School star ripping it up in minor leagues
By Greg Bates
Special to The Baxley News-Banner
It’s a moment that might define Byron Buxton as a baseball player for years to come.
In a game on June 10, the Cedar Rapids Kernels 19-year-old phenom was a patrolling center field when Kane County’s David Bote hit a deep fly ball to left-center. Buxton showed off his speed and athleticism as he converged on the warning track. What happened next turned into a YouTube sensation and cemented a prime slot on ESPN’s SportsCenter when Buxton laid out with full extension to snag the ball on its way down.
“It was a spectacular catch,” Kernels left fielder J.D. Williams said. “I told him if I didn’t see it on ESPN’s Top 10, I was going to quit baseball.”