The Twins will promote top prospect Byron Buxton to the majors on Sunday, according to a team announcement. Buxton will reach the majors without appearing in Triple-A, as he has spent this season with Double-A Chattanooga.
Buxton, 21, was the second overall pick in the 2012 draft, joining the Twins one pick after the Astros selected recent call-up Carlos Correa. The Georgia native is the latest top prospect to be called up to the majors this season, joining Correa, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Joey Gallo, Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Rodon. He was ranked as the second-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America before the season, falling behind only Bryant after placing in the first overall spot last year.
In 59 games for Double-A Chattanooga this season, Buxton has posted a .283/.351/.489 line with six home runs and twenty stolen bases. He is known as a five-tool player with excellent defense and speed, and is expected to make an immediate impact in Minnesota.
The Twins, who currently sit in second place in the AL Central trailing the Royals by only two games, have been one of baseball's biggest surprises to this point and have the fourth-best record in the American League. They have been using Aaron Hicks as their primary centerfielder all season, though Hicks has only hit .247 with one home run in 93 games.
Buxton highlights a strong Twins' system that includes plenty of other projected stars. Miguel Sano, Alex Meyer, Jose Berrios, Nick Gordon and Kohl Stewart also ranked among MLB.com's top 31 prospects in baseball before the season.