Top prospect Byron Buxton to join Twins on Sunday
ARLINGTON — The wait is over.
Byron Buxton, the No. 1 overall prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, will have his contract purchased by the Twins from Double-A Chattanooga before Sunday’s game against the Rangers. The Twins will announce a corresponding roster move on Sunday.
Buxton, 21, was hitting .283/.351/.489 with six homers, seven doubles, 12 triples and 37 RBIs in 59 games at Double-A. He also stole 20 bases in 22 attempts. The center fielder had been on fire recently with a 10-game hitting streak, batting .421/.489/.500 with a double and a triple.
Buxton has stayed healthy this year after missing most of last season with a variety of ailments, including a left sprained wrist, a concussion and a dislocated left finger. He played in just 31 games last season, hitting .234/.307/.395, including just one game at Double-A, as he suffered his concussion in an outfield collision in his first career Double-A game. He also hit .263/.311/.298 in 13 games in the Arizona Fall League before dislocating his finger, which required surgery.
Buxton, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft after the Astros selected Carlos Correa, is a career .296/.380/.486 hitter in the Minors with 205 runs, 150 RBIs and 92 stolen bases in 263 games.
The Twins are looking for a spark after struggling so far in June after a strong showing in May. Center fielder Aaron Hicks is sidelined with a sore right elbow that could see him placed on the 15-day disabled list, while Torii Hunter is suspended for Sunday’s game after dropping his appeal of his two-game suspension on Saturday.