17. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins
GM Ryan high on Buxton
The Twins obviously think very highly of Buxton after selecting him second overall in last year's draft out of Appling County High School in Georgia. This 19-year-old could easily be higher on our prospect list based on pure talent alone, but he'll likely need some more time to develop than others before he'll be contributing to your fantasy baseball squad. At two Rookie-level stops last year, he hit a combined .248 with five long balls, 20 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in only 48 games (165 at-bats).
The sky is the limit when discussing Buxton's ceiling as a professional baseball player. He has every tool scouts look for when evaluating a prospect; displays power, has speed, possesses a strong arm, can hit for average and is a sound defender. They're all on display here. On first glance, he bears striking resemblance to the Upton brothers. He's a natural hitter but doesn't have plus-power skills just yet. It's debatable as to whether he ever will, either, but he certainly has the makeup to become a perennial 20-20 commodity in the majors.
Minnesota will take their time developing and determining exactly what they have in this Georgia native. For a 19-year-old, he's not as raw as you might expect, so he could possibly rise quickly through the minor leagues, but that remains to be seen. He makes consistent contact with the bat, so the Twins will probably expect a higher BA and more home runs over the course of a full minor league season. This is a name you'll need to remember for when he surfaces on the major league scene. However, that may not be for a couple of more years, at least.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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