The Minnesota Twins center fielder, Aaron Hicks was a late scratch from the lineup today. Hicks apparently had soreness in his elbow. Fellow outfielder, Shane Robinson took his place in the lineup.
When Hicks was scratched from the lineup, the question became, will the Twins call up the game’s top prospect, Byron Buxton?
Hicks was keeping the seat warm for Buxton in center field. He was batting a mediocre .247, but he provided stellar defense. He made a number of of catches that reminded Twins fans of a young Torii Hunter.
After having an impressive month of May, the Twins have come crashing back down to earth in the early part of June. They are in need of a jolt of life and the Twins are hoping calling up Buxton provides that.
Buxton was currently on an eight game hitting streak in Double-A. He led the Southern League in triples with 12. He has speed to burn and had stolen 20 bases. His speed was on display when he hit an inside the park home run for the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Buxton was hitting .283 with six home runs and 37 RBIs. During the last 10 games, Buxton is hitting .421 with five stolen bases.
The Twins obviously believe Buxton has learned all he’s going learn in the minors and hope he’ll be roaming center field for the Twins for years to come. The future is now. Get your popcorn ready, it’s going to be fun.
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