It hasn't been a fun summer for Byron Buxton. Even as fans, watching our top two prospects potentially lose most if not all of the season was a definite gut punch. But things are looking up.
Last night, the Twins promoted Buxton to Double-A New Britain. It has to be more off of feel for his development than performance, as a recent slump has saw his numbers dip to .240/.313/.405 in 134 plate appearances for the Fort Myers Miracle. A slower start might be expected for any player whose season was as start-stop-start-stop-start as Buxton's has been, but it doesn't sound like that's a concern for the Twins' brass.
Our favorite quote regarding Buxton is Terry Ryan saying that he'll set his own timetable. In this instance, the club appears to be helping to set it for him. There are 22 games remaining on New Britain's schedule, and as Mike Berardino notes, a good performance could merit a September callup.
And that's pretty exciting, all things considered. How excited would you be to have an opportunity to watch Buxton play Major League games in September?
There's a very interesting group of players currently on the Double-A roster. Buxton joins:
- Eddie Rosario (the team's number four prospect by our own polls)
- Jose Berrios (7)
- Jorge Polanco (8)
- Niko Goodrom (26)
- Mason Melotakis (27)
- Adrian Salcedo (30)
- And a few others, including Pat Dean, Tyler Duffey, Edgar Ibarra, Cole Johnson, Taylor Rogers, Matt Summers, and Jason Wheeler