Top Pick Analysis: Twins Take Buxton

The decision is final and the pick has been made. How did your favorite team do with their top draft choice? Here at we've got you covered. We're breaking down each of the top picks as they happen on draft day, with a combination of first-hand scouting reports from National Baseball Expert, Frankie Piliere, and quotes from scouts. Let's now take a look at Minnesota's top selection.

Byron Buxton

Position: Pitcher
School: Appling County H.S. (Ga.)
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 175
Bats/Throws: R/R

Expert's Take:

Buxton is all about the raw tools. He can run, throw, play the field, and swing the bat. The only real question mark is just how much power he's going to have. Against less than stellar high school competition, he didn't show much in the way of home run power. Most scouts insist that the power will eventually come and that he could profile as a 20 home run type center fielder. If he fits that type of profile, he looks like a Torii Hunter type player in the making.

- Frankie Piliere

Scout Quote:

"You just don't find tools like this. And, you hear that a lot but this guy is a special athlete and the hit tool has really come around. If his power stroke comes along he's an elite big leaguer."

Ceiling: All-Star Center Fielder (7)

Ceiling grades based on combination of industry consensus and first hand scouting reports and use the standard 2-8 scouting scale.

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