Speedy OF Buxton too good for Twins to pass up

  • Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 5, 2012 - 11:54 AM

The Twins scouted Byron Buxton several times before concluding they badly wanted the Georgia high schooler.

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greatgatzbyJun. 5, 12 8:48 AM

He may turn out to be a very fine player, but the Twins need pitching. The Twins are always "building" for a future that never actually arrives.

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dl00025Jun. 5, 12 9:01 AM

I'm glad they appeared to select the best available player. That should always be what teams should do no matter what.

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brianabbeJun. 5, 12 9:04 AM

Always, always, always take the best player available. Buxton was the biggest risk/reward player in the draft, but this team isn't going to get back playing it safe. Yes, it's unfortunate that his ETA is probably 2017, but for 6-8 years of a premium CF talent, it should be worth it.

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twinsfaninwiJun. 5, 12 9:10 AM

I like it!!!

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puckluck77Jun. 5, 12 9:23 AM

a Torii Hunter in the making?? good CF play, some pop in the bat.. sounds like he has a good arm too. Now, the Twins need to get some pitching.

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intoitJun. 5, 12 9:24 AM

Drafting a high school player that high is always an extra risk but I can imagine every scout the Twins have saw this kid and liked his potential. Everyone needs pitching but don't forget, the Twins drafted a ton of pitchers last year. I like the pick and I like the versatility - if he can't hit at that level to possibly pitch.

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davidjb99Jun. 5, 12 9:32 AM

Will he be as good as Torii Hunter? Better? After Torii was drafted #20 on the first round in 1993, it took him 6 years to make the Bigs. He struggled his first 2 years with the Twins before breaking in to .261/27/92 in 2001. Hunter looks to be a good measuring rod for what Buxton does ... but it's just "cross your fingers" from here. Gut instinct: He's gonna make it.

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oldmannickelJun. 5, 12 9:36 AM

He will be our #2 prospect in the minors (if we can sign him), right next to Sano at #1. I would've liked to have seen them take a stud pitcher with that first pick, but I guess this will do. I just hope he pans out. I hate to see a high draft pick like this not come through and contribute to this struggling club even though it's going to be in the 4-5 year range.

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smakolaJun. 5, 12 9:42 AM

Pitching is so hit or miss with injuries nowadays, taking a pitcher with a high pick just doesn't make sense. Taking a top flight talent position player in the first round and then loading up on pitching later in the draft seems to be the best strategy.

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richardb84Jun. 5, 1210:26 AM

Sounds like a great kid, welcome Byron. See you in a few years on the big stage

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