Kernels' Buxton Hits First Minor League Home Run

By Grant Burkhardt, Reporter

Cedar Rapids Kernels' Byron Buxton hangs on the fence during pre game festivities before their game against the Beloit Snappers at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday, April 4, 2013, in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Grant Burkhardt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Kernels outfielder Byrun Buxton hit a first-inning home run Friday against Beloit, his first bomb as a member of the team.

The 19-year-old took Beloit’s Michael Ynoa deep to left fieldto give the Kernels an early 1-0 lead. Buxton’s homer was the third first-inning home run in the first two games of the 2013 season.

Jorge Polanco and D.J. Hicks both went yard in Thursday’s 9-7 win over the Snappers.

Buxton is rated as the No. 2 prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization, and was the team’s No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

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