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Buxton reaches seven times in sweep
Twins prospect gets three hits, four walks, scores three runs
08/24/2013 1:00 AM ET
Byron Buxton has a 1.056 OPS in 17 August games for Fort Myers.
Byron Buxton has a 1.056 OPS in 17 August games for Fort Myers. (Mark LoMoglio/

Hitting streak over? No problem. Byron Buxton will just start a new one.

The Twins' top prospect reached base seven times and scored three runs Friday as Class A Advanced Fort Myers swept a doubleheader from St. Lucie, winning the opener, 9-8, and taking the nightcap, 3-2.

After having his 13-game hitting streak snapped by Charlotte on Wednesday, Buxton collected two hits, including a triple, and scored twice in the first game as the lead changed hands five times. He singled and drew two more walks in the finale.

The doubleheader was a microcosm of how August has transpired for the 19-year-old outfielder. In 19 games this month, he's batting .417 -- which ranks seventh among all Minor Leaguers -- with 15 walks, 13 stolen bases and 14 runs scored.'s top overall prospect began the season with Class A Cedar Rapids, where he batted .341 with 33 extra-base hits, 55 RBIs, 68 runs scored and 32 steals in 68 games. Despite being one of the youngest players in the Florida State League, Buxton has not missed a beat with a .324 average in 47 games.

Overall, the Georgia native leads the Minors with 17 triples, ranks third with 102 runs scored and has a .334 batting average and .954 OPS.

Buxton is heating up again as the FSL playoffs approach. Fort Myers secured a postseason spot by virtue of winning the South Division first-half title. The 2012 first-round pick got a taste of the playoffs last summer with Elizabethton, hitting .208 with a .367 OBP as the Twins' Rookie-level affiliate captured the Appalachian League championship.

Mike Kvasnicka went 3-for-4 with three RBIs as the Miracle rallied in the seventh and eighth to tie the opener before winning on a fielder's choice by Jhon Goncalves. Matthew Summers (5-5) gave up two runs on two hits over six innings to get the win in the second game.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs. Comments
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