MLB.com names Byron Buxton as baseball’s top prospect for second straight year

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For the second straight year, MLB.com has ranked Twins center field prospect Byron Buxton as the No. 1 prospect in the game.

Buxton got top honors despite appearing in just 31 games in the minors last season due to a left wrist injury and a concussion. The 21-year-old then suffered a small fracture in his left middle finger during the Arizona Fall League and required surgery. However, the injuries aren’t considered a long-term concern and the tools remain. When he’s healthy and on the field, he can do it all.

Rounding out MLB.com’s top five, Buxton was followed by Kris Bryant of the Cubs, Carlos Correa of the Astros, Francisco Lindor of the Indians, and Addison Russell of the Cubs.

You can see the full top 100 here, complete with write-ups and video.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.