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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.