Twins make first round of roster cuts of spring

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Top prospects Byron Buxton and Alex Meyer were among the 16 players sent to Minor League camp on Sunday in the first round of roster cuts before the Twins’ game against the Phillies at Hammond Stadium.

Buxton and Meyer, who are both not on the 40-man roster, were reassigned to Minor League camp along with right-handers Lester Oliveros and Yohan Pino; catchers Kyle Knudson, Matt Koch and Stuart Turner; outfielder Chris Rahl and infielder Miguel Sano, who is set to undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday in New York.

Seven players on the 40-man roster were also optioned, including right-hander Trevor May and left-handers Logan Darnell, Edgar Ibarra and Brooks Raley to Triple-A Rochester. First baseman Kennys Vargas was optioned to Double-A New Britain, while infielder Jorge Polanco and outfielder Max Kepler were optioned to Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

Buxton, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, hit .158 (3-for-19) with a homer, a double and two RBIs in seven games in his first extended stint in Grapefruit League play. Buxton, 20, hit his first homer on Saturday on a solo blast off Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchinson.

Meyer, who is ranked as the No. 28 overall prospect by MLB.com, made one appearance in Grapefruit League play, giving up one run on four hits with one strikeout in two innings. The 24-year-old also threw a scoreless inning in Friday’s B game against the Pirates.

Sending Sano to Minor League camp was more of a formality, as he’s scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday with Dr. David Altchek set to perform the operation. Sano is ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect by MLB.com, and could see time as a designated hitter late in the Minor League season if all goes well with his surgery.

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