The Minnesota Twins announced on Saturday they would promote their top prospect, outfielder Byron Buxton, from Double A Chattanooga. Buxton will make his major-league debut on Sunday against the Rangers in Texas.
Buxton, 21, is the top-ranked prospect by MLB.com. In 59 games for Chattanooga this season, he batted .283 with six home runs, 37 RBIs, 20 stolen bases and an .840 OPS.
The Twins drafted Buxton, a Baxley, Ga. native, with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 MLB draft. In 2013, he spent 125 games between Class A Cedar Rapids and high Class A Fort Myers and was named Baseball America’s Minor-League Player of the Year after batting .334 with 12 home runs, 77 RBIs and a .944 OPS.
In 2014, the Twins invited Buxton to spring training, but wrist injuries postponed his major-league debut. He was eventually promoted to Double A New Britain in August.
Over his four minor-league seasons, Buxton batted .296 with 27 home runs, 150 RBIs and an .866 OPS.
The Twins said Buxton would wear No. 25 when he debuts on Sunday. The team did not specify the corresponding roster move that would be made for Buxton.
- Mike Fiammetta