Twins prospect Byron Buxton suffered a concussion in an outfield collision during his first game with Double-A New Britain last week and general manager Terry Ryan told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com this evening that he’s not expected to play again this season.
The minor league season ends in two weeks, so this isn’t necessarily a surprising development. Buxton is still experiencing headaches and neck stiffness from the collision, but the good news is that he hasn’t had any sensitivity to light or sound. The Twins are hopeful that he could be ready to play in the Arizona Fall League.
This will go down as a lost season for Buxton, who is considered the game’s top prospect. The 20-year-old missed two months after suffering a wrist injury during spring training, so he only ended up appearing in 31 games. He figures to head back to Double-A to begin 2015.
The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.
Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.
On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.
Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.
Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: