BuxtonApril

After one of the best months in Minnesota Twins history, Byron Buxton on Monday was named the American League Player of the Month for April.

Buxton is the first Twins player to receive the monthly honor since Delmon Young in 2010 and the 16th overall to win the award. Other two be named the top player in April in Minnesota history are Kirby Puckett (1986) and Torii Hunter (2002).

In 18 games in April, Buxton slashed .429/.466/.897. He led all MLB qualifying hitters in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS (1.363) while tying for second in home runs (8) and extra-base hits (16). He also was third in total bases (61) and fourth in on-base percentage.

Buxton set Minnesota franchise records for March/April batting average, slugging percentage and OPS (min. 60 plate appearances).

His OPS also set a new Twins record for any month, surpassing Joe Mauer’s 1.338 mark in May 2009.