Byron Buxton was named the top prospect in all of Major League Baseball earlier this off-season. While it is unlikely that he will appear on the Minnesota Twins this off-season, one cannot help but keep track of his ascent just in case.
This weekend the team announced that Buxton, along with their top pitching prospect Alex Meyer, were among the first round of cuts made to the big league roster. From Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press:
Buxton and the right-handed Meyer, their top pitching prospect, led that list. Buxton went 3 for 22 (.136) with a home run, a walk and two strikeouts in his first big-league camp; those figures include a “B” game on Friday in Bradenton.
Meyer, coming off a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League, appeared in just two games this spring, including a shaky outing in Friday’s “B” game (eight strikes in 17 pitches).”
The likely scenario here is that things went exactly as planned for the Twins. They wanted to give Buxton a taste of big league camp and indulge the excitement surrounding him (people actually refer to him as the next Bryce Harper or Mike Trout, after all). In that stint he did not play well enough to make it awkward for them to send him to the minor leagues for so much needed development in areas of his game that are still raw.
So far so good for the Twins and their ballyhooed prospect.