Monday, December 30, 2013

Random Topps Pro Debut Card of the Week: 2012 Topps Pro Debut #58 Grant Buckner

It's Minor League Monday!!! Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Pro Debut Card of the Week:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2010 Topps Pro Debut #399.
  • Player Name, position, team: Grant Buckner, first baseman, Briston White Sox.
  • Level-League, Team Affiliation: Rookie-Appalachian League, Chicago White Sox.
  • Minor League Stats (stats with team depicted only): 61 G, 235 AB, 39 R, 73 H, 20 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 2 SB, 18 BB, 42 SO, .468 SLG, .852 OPS, .311 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the White Sox #26th, June 2011. Bats: right. Throws: right.
  • Major League Debut: n/a.
  • Baseball America Organizational Ranking After Season with Team: n/a.
  • Blurb on the back: "The pure-hitting Buckner made an impression in his pro debut for Bristol by swatting .311 with 20 doubles in 61 contests. The former Big East Conference batting champ also led his team with 39 runs scored, 73 hits, 110 total bases, 36 RBI and a .383 OBP."
  • Official Topps Rookie Card: n/a.
  • Commentary: Grant Charles Buckner has been gradually climbing the White Sox' organizational ladder. But with Jose Abreu tabbed as the Pale Hose's first baseman of the foreseeable future, it makes sense that he try to learn to play other positions if he were to make it onto the big league roster. As he is only 25 years old, he still has time to develop and possibly make an impact for the Sox or any other team. In the meantime, Buckner spent his 2012 season with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the White Sox' A-Southern Atlantic League team in North Carolina. With the Intimidators, Buckner hit .254, tallying 6 home runs and 59 rbi's while learning the ropes at third and in left field. In 2013, he was promoted to the Winston-Salem Dash, the Sox' High-A Carolina League team. He made appearances in both corner infield spots as well as in 62 games in the outfield, committing only three errors (all at first) in 539 chances (a ridiculous .994 fielding percentage). On offense, Buckner hit .254 with 10 home runs, 62 rbi's, and percentages of .331/.396/.727. He could see time in AA or AAA in 2014.
Next week's featured card will be: 2010 Topps Pro Debut #225. Post will arrive at 9:00 AM CST. Hope you enjoyed this week's installment of Minor League Monday.


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