Wednesday, August 13, 2014
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Minnesota Twins star prospect Byron Buxton was taken off the field in an ambulance after an outfield collision Wednesday night in his first game for Double-A New Britain.
The 20-year-old center fielder sustained a concussion when he crashed into right fielder Mike Kvasnicka diving for a ball Kvasnicka caught in the fifth inning of the Rock Cats' 8-5 victory over the Bowie Baysox. David Adams tagged up and scored from first base after the jarring collision that delayed play for more than 30 minutes.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan was at the game and rode in the ambulance with Buxton and Kvasnicka, who walked away after the collision. Ryan said Buxton was unconscious for 10 minutes.
Selected second overall in the 2012 draft and considered the top prospect in all of the minor leagues entering the season, Buxton was promoted from Class A Fort Myers on Monday.