2012 MLB Draft: Twins Select Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton, OF, Appling County HS, Baxley, GA: Listed at 6-1 and 175 pounds, Buxton is a spectacular athlete with blazing speed and an outstanding throwing arm. Opinions differ about his bat; he’s strong enough to hit for considerable power, but his swing is still a work in progress and his plate discipline needs improvement. He is a prototype high-risk/high-reward player who could develop into a superstar, a bust, or anything in between. Buxton has committed to the University of Georgia. The Twins need pitching in the system, but this multi-tooled talent was too much to pass up. He will need considerable development time, particularly with the bat, but he has the physical talents to be an All-Star.

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