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Byron Buxton, the top prospect in baseball, taken off on a stretcher in first Double-A game

Aug 13, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton, rated by most outlets as the most promising young talent in baseball, was promoted this week from High-A Fort Myers to Double-A New Britain. But he apparently suffered a major injury in his first game Wednesday evening with the New Britain Rock Cats …

There’s been no status update yet from the Rock Cats. Buxton was the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of a Georgia high school and has hit .301/.390/.487 in 203 career minor league games.


UPDATE, 10:21 p.m. ET: Via Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Twins vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff told the Pioneer Press he’d been told Buxton “was responsive after the collision.” That knowledge was second-hand, Radcliff stressed, saying that it had come from one of Buxton’s agents.

UPDATE, 10:33 p.m. ET: New information here from Yahoo’s Jeff Passan

  1. captyayo - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Seriously! Can one thing go right for the Twins this decade!

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      you can say that again

  2. captyayo - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Seriously! Can one thing go right for the Twins this decade.

  3. captyayo - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    So the app crashes after I post the first comment and says there are no comments. Now I double posted. Damn.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      No worries, happens a lot. It’s why I just use the website.

    • thisdamnbox - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      It’s ok, you were told, “you can say that again…”

  4. nawlinssaints1956 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    It looks like Byron just has a concussion. That being said, how can you blame this on the Twins?? Stop posting, you moron…

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      wow! I’ve never seen this big of a disparity between thumbs up and thumbs down

    • Bryz - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      No one’s blamed the Twins…

  5. migoli - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    No one blamed the twins but with THAT said this dude has had a rough year

  6. jdd428 - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    It’s a shame he got hurt, I sincerely hope he’ll be OK. He’s had a rough year health-wise, but he’s clearly an incredible talent. All that said, Bryant should definitely be considered the No. 1 prospect now.

  7. wilmyers09 - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    jdd428 he isnt top prospect anymore its going to be kris bryant get it right buxton is not having a good year at all

    • jdd428 - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      wilmyers, I agree Bryant should be No. 1 – I believed that before tonight, although when I posted that on another blog entry I got a lot of flak. But with midseason rankings, BA, BP and all had Buxton at No. 1 (MLB even had Bryant as low as 4, but has since moved him up to 3). Only Keith Law had Bryant at No. 1.

      My only point was that before tonight, I could accept Buxton/Bryant as 1-2 in either order, though I would’ve put Bryant at 1 (but no lower than 2). Now I can’t buy any argument that doesn’t have Bryant as No. 1.

    • jeffbbf - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Buxton was hitting .240/.313/404 at high-A Ft. Myers. Not sure that screams “promote me”, but I guess if Appel can get promoted to AA, Buxton can

  8. titansbro - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    That’s one hell of a concussion to be unconscious for 10 minutes. Did he collide with Barry Bonds’ abnormally large head?

  9. josemartez - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    That was a scary looking collision. The two were running towards each other and once they hit they both just dropped and didn’t move. Hope they’re both okay.

  10. bigpimp69 - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    What a shame. Gets called up and the communication between outfielders is still being worked out. Hope the kid is okay. But, always seems that organizations need to stress fundamentals more. Calling guys off, knowing that the CF has the ball, etc. Small things need to be stressed. Again, a rough go for the kid. Hope to see him in the show soon enough.

    • swmocardsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Good point, but have you seen the video? I am not sure calling off would have stopped either of these players. They were running full speed and diving. I’m not certain a call off would have stopped any momentum. It was a scary sight and an unfortunate play. Hope both are ok and are back in the lineup soon.

      • bigpimp69 - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        That is the entire point of calling someone off. They peel off as soon as they hear the call–no matter how hard they are going. 1) the right fielder should have been aware that he was going to center and should have been looking to have been called off with having to have moved that far. 2) If they had been playing together for more than a day, they probably would have had better communication. This is awful, but shows how teams have to stress fundamentals more. In a more light-hearted example, watch a rundown in the major league level–a joke. Most high school teams do it better.

    • Cris E - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      It was Buxton’s first game with the team after his promotion. You can talk about fundamentals all you want, but the guys do have to spend a little time out there with one another to make it real. Just a big bummer of a situation…

  11. chrisernst82 - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Its always a bad day for baseball when you hear these kind of things.

  12. devilsmetsgiants - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Ten minutes? That seems like an awfully long time to be out.

  13. stex52 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Tough year for Buxton. I hope next (probably in the MLB) goes better for him. Most people expected him up by now, but he has really had injuries.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      You almost have to wonder if it wouldn’t be best for them to have him just sit the rest of the year and get completely healthy.

      • Cris E - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        The rumor is they will, and will only see about getting him back out there for the AZ Fall League.

  14. jsally430 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Kris Bryant is not nearly the FIVE tool player buxton is. Which is why buttons number one. Buxton is a potential gold glove center fielder a possible 30/30 guy with 300 batting average type of player. The cubs aren’t even sure if Bryant can stay at third in the majors. Not first overall prospect worthy

    • Cris E - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Meh, that’s another Trout – Cabrera for the minor leagues. There are lots of ways to contribute to a team, and it’s a matter of taste and team needs if you like Williams or DiMaggio, Trout or Cabrera, hitter over pitcher, etc. Don’t over-simplify and lose the texture of the game.

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