Rochester Red Wings outfielder Byron Buxton has been named the Batavia Downs Gaming and Racetrack Player of the Week for the period of May 23-29. Buxton was also named the International League Batter of the Week for the same period.
Buxton led the league with eight runs scored, seven extra-base hits, 23 total bases, a 1.045 slugging percentage and a 1.564 OPS in six games during the period. The Baxley, GA native also tied for the IL lead with three home runs and finished tied for third with six RBI. In 22 games this month, Buxton is batting .372 (32-for-86) with seven doubles, a triple, six home runs, 23 runs scored, 14 RBI with a .443 on-base percentage.
Buxton reached base safely leading off the first inning in all six games during the week and also scored in the opening inning of each game. He homered in all three games of the Indianapolis series that began Tuesday, the first time he's hit home runs in three straight games in his career.
With the Red Wings, Buxton is batting .333 (38-for-114) with nine doubles, two triples, six home runs, 26 runs scored and 14 RBI in 28 games this season. He's also reached base at a .402 clip and has a 1.007 OPS.
More on Buxton:
Fifth minor league season...Selected by the Minnesota Twins in the first round (second overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Appling County High School in Baxley, Ga.
Stats: Byron Buxton player page
Video: Byron Buxton video highlights from MiLB.TV
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2016 Player of the Week winners:
April 7-17: P Alex Meyer
April 18-24: P Jose Berrios
April 25-May 1: P David Martinez
May 2-8: P Jason Wheeler
May 9-15: INF James Beresford
May 16-22: P Tommy Milone and OF Adam Brett Walker
May 23-29: OF Byron Buxton