The Minnesota Twins can add another reason to the list for writing off the 2014 season as nothing short of a long, hard road of trial and tribulation. According to Rhett Bollinger, the Twins beat writer for MLB.com, Minnesota's top prospect Byron Buxton is not expected to play again this season:
Byron Buxton (concussion) isn't expected to play in the Minors again this season, per Terry Ryan. Hopeful for Arizona Fall League.— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) August 18, 2014
The consensus number one prospect struggled through some injuries this season, but had gotten things back on track and was promoted to New Britain, the Twins' double-A affiliate.
In his first game, he suffered a concussion in outfield collision and hasn't played since. He hit just .240/.313/.405 this year, good for a 106 wRC+, for the Fort Myers Miracle. Last season, though, over a larger sample, he hit .326/.415/.472 with sterling reports about his defense.
Buxton joins fellow Twins top prospect Miguel Sano on the injury report. Sano, 21, hasn't played following Tommy John surgery in the off-season. Minnesota looks forward to having both prospects back, healthy, and on their way to helping their major league club, which is on its way to losing 90 games for their fourth consecutive season.