Fort Myers Miracle outfielder Byron Buxton was named the Florida State League Player of the Week after going 10-20 at the plate with two home runs, a triple, four RBI and six runs scored. Buxton won the award despite missing games on Saturday and Sunday after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist late in Friday's game. Buxton missed Monday's game and he's not in the starting lineup on Tuesday but he's expected to be able to return soon.
Buxton was the second overall pick of the MLB First-Year Player Draft in 2012 by the Minnesota Twins. The 20-year old has only played 13 games this season due to a left wrist injury sustained during Spring Training in March.
For the season, Buxton is hitting .280 (14-for-50) with a double, triple, three homers, six RBI and 10 runs scored. Buxton has also walked five times and stolen two bases.
Entering the year, Buxton was ranked as the number one prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America. Buxton split the 2013 season between Single-A Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers. Overall, Buxton played in 125 games and hit .334 with 12 homers, 77 RBI and 109 runs scored. He also stole 55 bases.
In July of last year Buxton represented the Twins and Miracle as a member of Team USA in the MLB Futures Game at Citi Field in New York, New York. At the end of last season he was named the Topps Minor League Player of the Year.
The Miracle are 61-37 on the season and have already one the first half championship. They host Brevard County on Tuesday night at 7:05 and Wednesday at 11:35 a.m.