UPDATE: October 28, 2014
Unfotunately, the Minnesota Twins’ and MLB’s top prospect, Byron Buxton who missed all but 31 games in the 2014 season due to injury will now miss the remainder of the 2014 Arizona Fall league, according to William Boor at MLB.com.
Buxton was hoping to make up for some lost at-bats in the AFL but after playing in just 12 AFL games he injured his finger in the ninth inning of his 13 game, as I reported here at BBSTmlb.com yesterday.
Buxton’s x-ray results are in and the he not only dislocated his finger while diving for the ball in the ninth inning but he also fractured the finger. He saw a specialist Tuesday afternoon and it was decided that he will not play for the remainder of the AFL season that ends on November 15. He will also miss the Fall Stars Game scheduled for Saturday.
From the scene you could tell that it must be frustrating for Byron Buxton. Buxton, MLBPipeline’s number one prospect, slammed his glove down on the dugout bench after being injured in the ninth inning during Monday’s Arizona Fall League game between the Salt River Rafters and the Mesa Solar Sox, according to William Boor of MLB.com.
Yes, it’s frustrating to get injured, sure, but if you know anything about the Twins’ prospect’s history his actions make even more sense. Buxton played in just 31 games in 2014, obviously delaying his inevitable Major League debut.
The 20-year old outfielder can hit and has incredible speed and can cover the outfield defensively so well, that’s exactly why he is the number one prospect not just in the Twins’ organization but in baseball.
Buxton battled a recurring wrist injury throughout much of the 2014 season. After playing in just a handful of games he was called up to the Twins Double-A affilitate the New Britian Rock Cats.
In his Rock Cats debut, he was running for a ball in the outfield and collided with right fielder Mike Kvasnicka, suffering a serious concussion. The collision between the two players was so terrible that the Twins’ decided to shut down Buxton for the remainder of the season.
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Having been shutdown for the season and having missed the majority of the season prior to his concussion, one can only assume that Buxton was looking forward to getting some playing time and a chance to shine in the Arizona Fall League. He was just named to the AFL Fall Stars Game over the weekend.
Right now he and everyone else are wondering if he will now still be able to play in that game which is scheduled for this Saturday, November 1.
During the ninth inning Monday with two outs and the tying run on third base, a ball was hit to center. Buxton made a diving attempt for the ball. He did not come up with it and was immediately taken out of the game.
Apparently he injured the middle finger on his right hand and was taken straight to the hospital for x-rays.
Buxton is hitting .262 so far with about three weeks of the AFL season left to play. Hopefully Buxton will be able to play in the Fall Stars game and personally, I’d been looking forward to seeing the game’s top prospect play for the first time when I am in Arizona next week. I hope to be able to report back that that is the case.