The Minnesota Twins organization has been heralded for the impressive stable of young talent they have on the horizon. No player has been more talked about than former second overall pick, and number one rated prospect, Byron Buxton. Yesterday, his journey to the Twins just got a little closer.
Buxton was promoted from Single-A Fort Myers to Double-A New Britain. After starting the season nursing a wrist injury, and then re-aggravating the injury shortly thereafter, he worked to get back in the swing of things.
Having only played 30 games this season in Fort Myers, Buxton batted to a .240/.313/.405 slash line.
While the average isn’t overly impressive, his 30 games were more about getting him back in the baseball routine. Had it not been for the injury, he likely would have been looking at starting the year in New Britain.
A September call up doesn’t seem likely for Byron Buxton, but the Twins could give it some thought based upon how the next month or so goes at the Double-A level.
A promotion sparking an increased stat line isn’t new for Buxton either. After 27 games with the GCL Twins in 2012, in which he hit only .216, he was promoted to Elizabethton. He went on to hit .286 over 21 games for the Elizabethton Twins.
Over 203 minor league games spanning three seasons, Byron Buxton has compiled a .301/.390/.487 slash line and hit 21 home runs while driving in 113 RBIs. He projects as the every day center fielder for the Twins and should hit for average, a respectable amount of power, and swipe a handful of bases.