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MLB’s best prospect, Byron Buxton, won’t play before May

Apr 10, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

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Baseball’s best prospect, Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, injured his left wrist diving for a ball on March 16. At the time the Twins hoped he’d miss just a few days, but he hasn’t played since then and now they don’t expect him to see any game action until at least May.

Assistant general manager Rob Antony told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com that “there’s no set timetable” for Buxton’s return and the Twins are “not going to push him.”

Minnesota already lost fellow stud prospect Miguel Sano for the entire season to Tommy John elbow surgery and, just generally speaking, Twins fans could use some good news at some point soon. And it certainly isn’t going to come from the big-league team, which appears headed for a fourth consecutive 95-loss season.

Buxton had been ticketed for Double-A at age 20, but now he’ll need some time at extended spring training first.

  1. dluxxx - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Damn.

    • TBaySlim - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      sano, buxton, alex meyer was hurt last year these are the “PROSPECTS” everyone keeps waiting on….mauer went 0-4 with 2 SO today an is down to .250 average….great day twinks fans

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        the best you can come up with is that mauer is only hitting about league average? would it have unduly taxed you to come up with a clever line about the starting pitching’s climbing ERA, or that the lead off hitter is hitting 169. if your joy is to try and make other people unhappy you should at least try and go about it with a little grace, if you have any.

      • dluxxx - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        He doesn’t have any. If you’ve been around long enough, you know the guy claims to be a Twins fan, but always trashes them. His ignorance to all things baseball is pretty amusing though. Just yesterday he inferred that Kurt Suzuki is better than Mauer because of a handful of games. Not only did he mention batting average, but also RBI.

        But, trolls gonna troll. What can you do.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        dluxx

        so many people are obsessed with the mauer contract, i guess mauer chevrolet must have stuck them with lemons.

        i only saw your exchanges with the, um, despondent twins fans in the arcia thread a few minutes ago. i agree with you that the twins were a quality team through 2010, and 3-4 down years for a mid market team to reload isn’t unreasonable. i also think the every day lineup right now is showing signs of life. but my goodness, the starting pitching so far has been almost scary bad.

      • TBaySlim - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        I was being sarcastic dluxx…I guess I hit a sore spot with the mauer stuff…. no where did I claim to be a twins fan…. an yesterday all I said was some food for thought with Suzuki… but twins fans have one heck of a time ever giving mauer a hard time…I just think its funny people drink that cool-aid…suzuki is paid 2.75 mill for the season… hit .232 last yr 5 hr an 32 RBI…mauer made 23 mill last yr hit .324 11 hr an 47 RBIs…. you tell me where the 23 mill in value is…I don’t see it

  2. elwaysagenius - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Take your time, make sure this doesn’t linger

  3. happytwinsfan - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    i hate to join the pissers and moaners, but why does it seem the twins medical staff are almost always wrong about player injuries? couldn’t they just contract everything out to the mayo clinic or something?

    • idolized1 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Sadly, the entire Twins organization is in over its head at this level.

      From Gardy’s pitch-to-contact nonsense to the absolutely disgusting deals they have made.

      Hell, isn’t it a coincidence that if we ever do sign a player he can’t perform in MN, or if they draft/acquire one they play awful until they are traded?

      Hardy did fine in Milwaukee, but we couldn’t use him and now hes a stud in Baltimore.

      Liriano apparently struck too many guys out, so we had to ship him off to excel in Pittsburgh.

      Couldn’t wait on Carlos Gomez so we gave him the boot and we all know how that ended for us.

      Ben Revere? Nah, couldn’t use him either.

      And don’t get me wrong. I know we are a small market team, but compared to what we lost for what we got? Terrible. Eventually they need to pay SOME of the guys we have or there is no point to develop guys like Sano and Buxton if we plan on keeping them.

      Also, who knows how long we will let them sit in the minors. If they can play, let them play. If they are as studly as advertised, let them take the trial by fire path like so many other young stars (A-Rod, Trout, Harper, etc…) have done at a young age – It’s not exactly like our lineup next year is so stacked that Buxton and Sano (barring health) shouldn’t be able to come up and contribute or at least start learning at this level.

      And how many freakin’ times is our 3rd base coach going to cost us runs?

      Man, these guys are going to drive me to drinking but I still love them.

      But seriously, they still piss me off.

      (But I love them)

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        “Man, these guys are going to drive me to drinking but I still love them.

        But seriously, they still piss me off.

        (But I love them)”

        sounds like marriage

      • idolized1 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        I hope it’s not like marriage.

        Then the Twins would never score.

  4. disgracedfury - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    You can have a great farm but it can only take you so far because most won’t make it.I;’m a Yankees fan but I hate to see great prospects fall due to injury.Hopefully the Twins will get back together.

  5. jsally430 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Was there any one on base when Mauer was at bat?

    • mntwinsgufs - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Off topic since this is about Buxton, but I did a study on Mauer last year.

      Using percentages (based on # of plate appearances with runners on), Mauer drove in 8.something percent of all baserunners on base when he was up.

      For reference, Miguel Cabrera brought in something like 13+% of all baserunners on base when he was up.

      Mauer’s percentage is actually very low based on all the players I compared him to, which were the primary #3 hitters from the prior season for each team. Think he had like the 27th out of the 30 percentage. (He likes to draw too many walks in situations where he could bring in a runner with a hit)

      This is not to knock Mauer, but it shows he is not a typical #3 hitter (where he has been used primarily in his career), though he is paid like one of the best in the game (Thankfully, starting last year, the Twins have quit using him at #3 for these reasons). This is the issue most fans have with him, but I don’t share it. Even though he makes a lot of money, it’s not holding the Twins back from doing anything. Their payroll is like $82MIL this year, but it has been $110MIL+ recently.

      Sure the Twins spent money this offseason, but they didn’t actually increase their payroll from the prior season, so I don’t actually give them any credit for what they did spend.

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