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Twins promote baseball’s No. 1 prospect, Byron Buxton, to Double-A

Aug 12, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was slated to begin this season at Double-A and perhaps be knocking on the door to the majors right now, but instead the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball missed the first two-plus months of the year with a spring training wrist injury.

When he finally returned from the disabled list the Twins decided to send Buxton back to high Single-A, where he dominated at the end of last season by hitting .326 as a teenager. But this time around he got off to a slow start there, caught fire for a couple weeks, and then struggled again lately.

Overall he hit .240 with a .718 OPS and 33 strikeouts in 30 games, but the Twins have decided Buxton is ready for Double-A. He’s been promoted to the Eastern League four months before his 21st birthday and will finish the season playing for a New Britain team on which the average player is 25.5 years old.

Buxton is still viewed as the best prospect in baseball by most prominent sources and remains on track for stardom, but the wrist injury cost him a bunch of development time and probably erased whatever chance he had of debuting for the Twins this season as a 20-year-old.

  1. happytwinsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Mid July 2015:

    starting rotation: Meyer, May, Hughes, Gibson, a recovered Nolasco
    catcher: Zuzuki / Pinto
    1B: Mauer
    2B: Dozier
    SS: Santana
    3B: Sano
    LF: Hicks
    CF: Buxton
    RF: Arcia \ Parmelee
    DH: matchup Do Jour

    Enjoy this year as much as you can Tigers and Royals

    • glennsyank13 - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      That lineup is just as awful as the past three years.

      • Bryz - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        That lineup actually has a future, however.

      • glennsyank13 - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Perhaps if by recovered Nolasco, it was supposed to mean retired.

    • dluxxx - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      I honestly don’t see Hicks in RF. Not unless he starts hitting for power. I’m guessing that we either find a RH power bat in free agency or from within. Maybe Adam Brett Walker, but I think he’s still a few years away unless he really turns a corner next year.

      • Bryz - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Since when have the Twins cared if they had a power bat in the corner outfield? In the recent past, they’ve used Denard Span, Ben Revere, Jason Repko, Darin Mastroianni, Sam Fuld, and now Jordan Schafer. Every one of those guys are speedy, low power types.

      • dluxxx - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        Well, they’ve also run out Josh Willingham, Oswaldo Arcia, Chris Colabello, Chris Parmalee, Jason Kubel, Trevor Plouffe, and Ryan Doumit. If you go back to 2011 (which you did with Repko) you also have Delmon Young and Michael Cuddyer. I wouldn’t class any of them as “speedy, low power types.”

      • happytwinsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        Just being optimistic, hoping that he can come back up and hit about 250. if so we have a Torri Hunter quality glove in left and a Willie Mays quality glove in center and hopefully a limited range but strong arm guy in right.

        Plus Santana and Dozier in the middle infield all in a hitter’s ball park…Pitcher’s paradise

    • pappageorgio - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      No way Sano gets called up by July of next year. The kid just had TJS…..maybe july ’16, but probably april/may of ’17.

      Also…..that lineup isn’t scary.

    • timberwolvesbrisin - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      looks pretty average to me…

      • timberwolvesbrisin - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Plouffe should go to the outfield when Sano comes up. He takes very good at bats and his arm would play well in the OF.

  2. crazycane - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Bryant should be the #1 prospect based on actual production. Dude is just tearing the ball up in AAA which is a whole lot better than being avg in AA

    • jdd428 - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Indeed he is, according to Keith Law (who is right in this case). BA, BP and all still have Buxton at No. 1 – and somehow MLB had Bryant at 4th! Ridiculous.

    • dluxxx - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      I agree that he is a hitting machine, but comparing a corner IF/OF type guy who can hit and is a descent fielder at best to a guy who is also doing pretty well after recovering from an injury and plays a premium defensive position at an elite level is apples and oranges. Bryant is a hitting machine, but Buxton is the total package… And two years younger.

      Bryant played 3 years in college, where Buxton came straight out of high school. One should expect Bryant to be a bit more polished at the plate.

      • jdd428 - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        That’s all fair enough, I have no problem with those who have Buxton at 1. In my opinion, it’s a two-player debate and neither answer is necessarily wrong. However, it does seem wrong (at least to me) to have Bryant any lower than 2.

      • crazycane - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        Total packages shoud be able to hit better than .240

        Give me a guy who does one thing great rather than a guy who does everything OK.

  3. wilmyers09 - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    twins still have a bad future lol

  4. West Madison's town Whore - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    yea unless the twinks make some moves i dont see much of a improvement from the past 4 years worth of teams. Thats even being oppitmistic that Hicks pans out to be anything which at this point i doubt, Parmalee is awfull any where you put him an should be no more then a bench player, Sano is a question mark at 3rd base and i think would be better suited at DH to start next season and work his way back to 3rd although his defense has been labeled marginal even when healthy. I think the real elephant in the room is mauer’s production, according to fan graphs this season, thus far his production is worth 2.5 mill. and hes being paid 23 mill. At this point hes pretty a shell of his former MVP self and it would be hard to expect anything other then that as he gets older, maybe Sano moves over to 1st base?

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