Twins first round of major league cuts include Buxton, Meyer

Outfield prospect Byron Buxton has been reassigned to the minor league camp after going 3 for 22 (.136) with a home run, a walk and two strikeouts in his first big-league camp with the Twins.

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The first round of cuts were made in Fort Myers on Sunday, as the Minnesota Twins sent 16 players from the major league camp to the minor league side.

Among the notables who were cut Sunday were outfielder Byron Buxton baseball’s top prospect, who was playing in his first major league spring training. The 20-year-old Buxton was reassigned to the Twins’ minor league camp. Also reassigned to the minor league side are pitchers Alex Meyer (the team’s top pitching prospect), Johan Pino and Lester Oliveros; catchers Kyle Knudson, Stuart Turner and Matt Koch; outfielder Chris Rahl; and infielder Miguel Sano.

Additionally, Minnesota optioned pitchers Trevor May, Logan Darnell, Edgar Ibarra and Brooks Raley to Triple-A Rochester. First baseman Kennys Vargas was optioned to Double-A New Britain, while infielder Jorge Polanco and outfielder Max Kepler were optioned to High-A Fort Myers.

The first wave of cuts means the Twins now have 48 players in the major league camp.

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