Byron Buxton cleared to join High-A Fort Myers

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Byron Buxton — rated by most publications as the top prospect in baseball — is finally recovered from his mid-spring wrist injury and ready to resume his climb through the Twins’ minor league system.

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Buxton has been activated from the disabled list at High-A Fort Myers in time for Sunday’s series opener against the Florida State League affiliate of the Pirates. The 20-year-old outfielder will likely be eased into everyday action.

Buxton, the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amatuer Draft out of a Georgia high school, batted .334/.424/.520 with 12 homers, 19 doubles, 18 triples, and 55 stolen bases in 125 games last season between Low-A Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers. He has the goods to be a mega-star.

Former number one pick Mark Appel DFA’d by the Phillies

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Life comes at you fast.

The Phillies have designated pitcher Mark Appel for assignment. Appel was the number one overall pick, taken by the Houston Astros, in the 2013 draft before being dealt to the Phillies in 2015. He was selected one slot ahead of Kris Bryant and 31 slots above Aaron Judge, by the way.

Appel, who is somehow already 26, posted a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. He’s had a history of bone spurs and other ailments that have hindered his development.

It could still come together for Appel in a new location — the Phillies have seven days to trade or waive him — but at this point you can’t consider him a prospect.