Two of baseball’s top prospects, Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, made their major-league debuts Sunday.
Their debuts came six days after Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa played in his first MLB game, which means three major prospects who passed through the Midwest League reached the big leagues in the past week.
Buxton didn’t fare well at the plate in his debut — he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts — but he reached base safely on a fielder’s choice in the 9th inning and scored what turned out to be the winning run in Minnesota’s 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Buxton was the Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year in 2013 when he batted .341 with 8 HR, 55 RBI and 32 SB for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Lindor started Sunday’s Indians game on the bench, but he entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning. He struck out in his first at-bat, but got his first MLB hit with a single in the 9th inning. The Detroit Tigers won the game, 8-1.
Lindor batted .257 with 6 HR, 42 RBI and 27 SB in 122 games with the 2012 Lake County Captains.
I previously wrote about how Correa did in his first MLB series. (You can read that post here.) He batted .320 with 9 HR and 86 RBI in 117 games with the 2013 Quad Cities River Bandits, who won the Midwest League Championship Series.
Here are eight other Midwest League alumni who are notable prospects and made their MLB debuts this season:
Chicago Cubs middle infielder Addison Russell (.310 BA, 9 RBI, 5 SB in 16 games with 2012 Burlington Bees)
New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-5, 2.64 ERA, 131 strikeouts in 112.2 IP for 2011-12 Lansing Lugnuts)
Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Archie Bradley (12-6, 3.84 ERA, 152 strikeouts in 136 IP for 2012 South Bend Silver Hawks)
San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges (.279 BA, 10 HR, 56 RBI, 14 SB in 96 games with 2012 Fort Wayne TinCaps)
Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario (.296 BA, 12 HR, 70 RBI in 95 games with 2012 Beloit Snappers)
Washington Nationals RHP Joe Ross (5-10, 4.21 ERA, 106 strikeouts in 149.2 IP for 2012-13 Fort Wayne TinCaps)
Houston Astros RHP Lance McCullers (6-5, 3.18 ERA, 117 strikeouts in 104.2 IP for 2013 Quad Cities River Bandits)
Houston Astros RHP Vincent Velasquez (9-4, 3.19 ERA, 123 strikeouts in 110 IP for 2013 Quad Cities River Bandits)