Outfielder Byron Buxton, considered one of baseball’s top young prospects, suffered an apparent concussion in a nasty outfield collision with double-A New Britain teammate Mike Kvasnicka during a game Wednesday night.
Buxton, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Minnesota Twins, and Kvasnicka were diving for the ball when Buxton’s head and shoulder crashed into Kvasnicka’s knee, according to reports from the game.
The 20-year-old Buxton was motionless for several minutes on the field before he was carted off on a stretcher to an ambulance and taken to a local hospital. Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Buxton was unconscious for 10 minutes before he awoke in the ambulance. Ryan added that Buxton was alert and a CT scan came back negative.
Kvasnicka was able to walk away but went to the hospital with Buxton before returning to the clubhouse. He said he had a sore hip.
Buxton was playing in his first double-A game after a promotion from high single-A Fort Myers. In 203 minor league games, Buxton has a .301 batting average.