Byron Buxton, the number 1 prospect in baseball, had the worst possible introduction to Class AA on Wednesday.
The Minnesota Twins star prospect was making his debut for the New Britain Rock Cats and he won't be remembering much of it after suffering a pretty serious concussion as a result of being knocked unconscious in the outfield.
Buxton, who was playing center field, and teammate Mike Kvasnicka, who was playing in right field, both went all out to make a diving attempt on a fly ball between the two of them and crashed together, with Buxton's head and neck contacting Kvasnicka's knee at a high rate of knots.
Kvasnicka managed to walk off the field under his own power after several minutes, but Buxton remained on the ground, not as lucky as his teammate. The 20-year old lay motionless in the outfield as a cart and then an ambulance was called to the field.
Both players were transported to a local hospital for evaluation and the game continued after a 30-minute delay, but the thoughts of everyone remained on the stricken Buxton.
It was confirmed that Buxton was knocked unconscious on the field, but had later regained consciousness and was talking as he was taken off the field. Buxton didn't suffer any broken bones but will have to be treated for the concussion he picked up in the horrific collision.
Buxton is the top rated Minnesota Twins prospect and consensus No. 1 ranked prospect in all of Major League Baseball. He is being likened to Angels star Mike Trout and has a huge career ahead of himself. Lets hope the concussion won't cause him any future problems.