Minnesota Twins prospect and consensus No. 1 ranked prospect in all of MLB, suffered a concussion was but lucky to avoid more serious injuries in a scary outfield collision while making his debut for Double-A Bowie on Wednesday night.Byron Buxton, the top rated
According to eyewitness reports, Buxton, who was playing center field, and teammate Mike Kvasnicka, who was playing in right field, both sold out to make a diving attempt on a fly ball between them and crashed together, with Buxton's head and neck reportedly contacting Kvasnicka's knee.
Some dramatic photos from the scene show the moment leading up to the impact and the immediate aftermath.
Those are frightening shots.
Kvasnicka reportedly walked off the field under his own power after several minutes, but Buxton remained on the ground motionless as a cart and then an ambulance was called to the field. Both players were transported to a local hospital for evaulation and the game continued after a 30-minute delay, but the thoughts of everyone remained on Buxton.
Friend on scene, @ChuckieTheTruth says hardest collision he has scene in 20 years in baseball. Buxton may have been knocked unconscious.— Jim Mandelaro (@jmand1) August 14, 2014
Don Amore of the Hartford Courant confirmed that Buxton was knocked unconscious on the field, but had regained consciousness and was talking as he was taken off the field. Yahoo's Jeff Passan added that Buxton didn't suffer any broken bones and will be treated for a concussion.
Source: Byron Buxton has no broken bones, CT scan came back negative after his nasty outfield crash tonight. Being treated for concussion.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 14, 2014
And then Twins general manager Terry Ryan followed with the update we were all waiting to hear.
Terry Ryan just confirmed on Rock Cats broadcast Byron Buxton has concussion. Is "fine" "alert" now. Was unconscious for 10 minutes.— Jake Seiner (@Jake_Seiner) August 14, 2014
While this is not a best-case scenario, under the circumstances it's not a worst-case scenario either. It's difficult to say how much the concussion will impact his career or set him back until we hear how he responds in the coming days, but it's relief to know the injuries don't extend beyond that.
Buxton, 20, was selected second overall in 2012 draft. He's viewed as a five-tool prospect in the same mold as Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, which cements how strongly scouts feel about his ability. His development this season had already been slowed by a wrist injury — he hit .240/.313/.405 slash line with four home runs in 121 at-bats for High-A Fort Myers — but his recent promotion indicates the Twins felt he was healthy and progressing.
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