Buxton, who is ranked as the top prospect by MLB.com and is No. 2 by Baseball America, is hitting .244 (22 for 131) with three doubles, six triples, four homers, 23 RBI, 12 walks, 28 strikeouts and nine stolen bases in 33 games.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said earlier in May that there's no clear timetable for Buxton's promotion to majors.
After a slow start to the season,
The Twins opted to leave Buxton, who is ranked as the top prospect by MLB.com and is No. 2 by Baseball America, in the minors when Oswaldo Arcia went on the disabled list earlier this week. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear his promotion to the majors is imminent.
"For me, he's just started to take off down there," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said, per 1500ESPN.com. "And I think it would be wrong to start putting [a promotion] into the equation this early. Now, if we're talking later in the year, everything being equal, I suspect he would be in that conversation."
"He's just not quite to that point where we should consider him, I don't think."
Although, Ryan did leave the door open for a quicker-than-expected promotion to the majors, if Buxton continues to perform well.
"All right, let's say it's six weeks later and he's pounding it like he has been for the last two weeks, then he's starting to force our hand," Ryan said.
Despite a tremendous tear at the plate for
The 21-year-old Buxton extended his hitting streak to eight Monday night with a walk-off homer. During that stretch he is batting .454 (15-for-33) with 12 runs scored. He has scored at least one run in each of those games and has five stolen bases.
"I would like to see him here the whole year, and that has nothing to do with me as a manager," Mienkiewicz told the Times Free Press. "I want to see him have success, and too many times in baseball and in general today, these kids have a good two weeks and they move them. They are going to play a long time, so let them build that huge snowball of confidence to where nothing can deter them once they struggle again. ... His time is coming, and it's going to be sooner than later for sure."
Molitor added the only other player considered for a promotion was
Hicks is batting .289 with two home runs, three triples, five doubles and 13 RBI in 21 games at Triple-A. He also has 15 runs, 12 walks and 15 strikeouts.
Buxton is batting .287 with two home runs, three doubles, five triples and 12 RBI in 22 games at Double-A.
Through 19 games, Buxton has a .236/.329/.389/.718 slash line. He has one double, two triples, two home runs, eight RBI, 11 runs and seven stolen bases.
"I think with Buxton, just like with Miggy (Miguel Sano), both of those guys started off pretty slow," Lookouts hitting coach Chad Allen said, per MLB.com. "Neither one of them is even close to where they want to be.
"Buxton, he's a quick learner. He's always asking questions, just like Miggy. They're both great kids. … They're tremendous talents. They want to learn. They're the kind of guys you want. They want to learn, get as much knowledge about the game as they can. Both of them are going to get it."
Buxton is considered the top prospect in baseball by MLB.com and is ranked No. 2 by Baseball America.
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