Top prospect Byron Buxton knocked unconscious in scary outfield collision (video)
Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Byron Buxton, widely considered one of the top prospects in baseball, if not the best, was knocked unconscious Wednesday night after colliding with teammate Mike Kvasnicka during a Double-A game.
Buxton, 20, was making his first appearance for the Twins’ Double-A affiliate New Brighton Rock Cats after being called up from A-ball earlier this week.
Buxton and Kvasnicka were tracking a fly ball at full speed when the two met in frightening collision. It appeared that the outfielder attempted to avoid colliding at the last moment, but it was too late, as Kvasnicka’s appeared to make contact violently with Buxton’s head. Teammates and staff immediately began running to the two downed players.
Just before the collision. @RockCats Buxton going on backboard, ambulance on field. pic.twitter.com/5k6TH84WTI
— Scott Blanchette (@ScottBPhoto8) August 14, 2014
Byron Buxton collided with the right fielder and has not moved at all in 10 minutes pic.twitter.com/jDojvJF9yt
— Matt Haskell (@matt_haskell7) August 14, 2014
Buxton remained motionless on the field while being treated by medical personnel for approximately 15 minutes. An MiLB.com report indicates that Buxton was unconscious for approximately 10 minutes while the Star Tribune reports that Buxton did not regain consciousness until he was en route to the hospital in an ambulance. Kvasnicka, meanwhile, never lost consciousness.
Buxton reportedly underwent a CAT scan and was diagnosed with a concussion and a bruised hip. Otherwise, he is surprisingly okay. From the looks of the incident, it could have been far, far worse.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan was at the game and escorted Buxton to the hospital in the ambulance.
“I don’t know if I’ve seen a collision that severe in recent memory,” said Ryan. “But Byron Buxton’s fine. He’s alert. He has a concussion, so we’ll have to take the normal procedure and protocol for concussion symptoms. He’ll certainly be watched.”
Buxton of course will be subject to concussion protocol before resuming baseball activities.
“It could have been a lot worse, we all know after watching that thing,” said Ryan. “So we’re grateful for just the concussion.”
Buxton, a highly touted outfielder, has been injury-prone this season, suffering from a couple of wrist injuries that have derailed his development. He nevertheless remains ranked as the top prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com.
During his stint in A-Advanced ball with the Fort Myers Miracle, Buxton was hitting .240/.313/.405 in 30 games. Last season, his first in professional baseball, he put up big numbers, batting .334/.424/.520 and tacking on 55 stolen bases in 125 games.
(top image via @ScottBPhoto8)