While Byron Buxton's average sits at .240 after a slow start to the season, the game's top prospect continues to fill up the stat sheet and produce runs, as evidenced by his performance on Tuesday night, when he went 2-for-5 with a grand slam, a stolen base and two runs scored to lead Double-A Chattanooga to a 10-3 win over Montgomery.
The Twins' No. 1 prospect took Biscuits right-hander Jared Mortensen deep with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.to put the Lookouts up, 8-2. Buxton's slam was part of an impressive team performance that saw every Chattanooga starter reach base, and all but one score at least one run.
Buxton's home run was his fifth of the season, and the stolen base was his 11th. His four RBIs give him 29 on the season, which is second in the Southern League. The 2012 second-overall Draft pick is one of only two players in the Minors with five or more homers, 11 or more steals and 29 or more RBIs. The other is Astros phenom Carlos Correa, who is ranked third on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list.
Despite struggling to get his average anywhere near his career .290 mark, Buxton's name appears at the top of the Southern League leader board in several statistical categories. He leads the league in triples (seven) and runs scored (27), and he's third in total bases (70) and extra-base hits (16).
Buxton's last grand slam came nearly two years ago to the day, on May 16, 2013, for Class A Cedar Rapids, when a bases-loaded blast gave the Kernels a 7-6 walk-off win in the ninth inning.
Chattanooga wraps up its five-game set with Montgomery on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. ET.
Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.