Twins promote top-prospect Buxton to Double-A New Britain
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Byron Buxton's time in Single-A appears to be over. Now, he just has to hope his injury issues are behind him.
The Twins confirmed Monday night that they have promoted their top prospect from Fort Myers to Double-A New Britain. The center fielder was hitting .240/.313/.405 with four home runs and 16 runs batted during what has been a season-filled with injuries. Buxton has played in only 30 minor league games.
Buxton hurt his left wrist diving for a ball in mid-March during a minor league spring training game. He then re-aggravated the injury shortly after his return in early May. Buxton then sat out five games after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch last month.
The Twins had been expected to move Buxton to New Britain a couple of weeks ago but decided against it at the time because he was struggling.
Buxton, the second-overall pick in the 2012 draft, hit .334/.424/.520 with 12 home runs, 77 RBIs and 109 runs in 125 games last year split between Class A Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers. Buxton was named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year in 2013.