According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, the Twins are calling up top prospect Byron Buxton from Double-A Chattanooga. The 21-year-old will join the club for Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers. No word on what the corresponding move will be.
The wait is over Twins fans. Byron Buxton, rated the No. 1 overall prospect by http://t.co/8WkABvq5A6, is being recalled from AA Chattanooga
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) June 13, 2015
Buxton, the no. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft, had an injured-riddled 2014 season, but had found his way this year in Double-A. He slashed .283/.351/.389 with a 137 wRC+, 20 stolen bases, and 12 triples in 268 plate appearances before getting the nod.
ZiPs projects Buxton to slash .251/.315/.386 with 9 home runs, 99 wRC+, and 2.2 fWAR in 84 games played.
MLB.com ranked him as the top prospect in all of baseball before the year started, but they didn’t expect him to be called up this early into the season due to playing only 44 games in 2014.
The Houston Astros’ shortstop Carlos Correa was taken one pick ahead of Buxton in the 2012 draft and was promoted more than a week ago.
The Twins sit at 33-27, second place in the American League Central, and are 3-7 in their last ten games.