DWG posted that the Twins needed to go with one of the big arms at #2 in the draft. With Baltimore selecting Puerto-Rican shortstop and best Carlos available, Carlos Correa; the door was open for the Twins to pick their favorite mega-arm. They ended up taking a guy with a 99 MPH fastball, but he's a HS outfielder. Georgia high-schooler Byron Buxton (Appling County High) is considered by most to have the biggest upside in this draft. He's the protypical "five-tool" player; speed, range, power, average and overall sexiness. Check that, arm strength is the fifth one. Watch the video below, he has great bat speed and you can see the pop he gets off of the bat. He has tremendous outfield range and I've mentioned the arm strength. He has a 6.6 second 60 yard dash. He's drawn comparisons as a prospect to BJ Upton.
The downsides of Buxton are twofold: 1) he's not a pitcher and 2) he's 18. We'll have to wait a few years to see if he's the beast that many think he could be. Where will the Twins be at that time and how will they cope in the meantime? Will a 32 year old Mauer be anchoring the lineup in 3 years or sapping the payroll? Also, what of Arcia, Hicks, Benson and the other OF prospects? Chopped liver? Many of the top collegiate pitchers of late have taken about 100 innings of minor league pitching before reaching the majors. Appel could be such a player. You can't whine too much about the player with the most upside though.
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More to come as picks roll in. Remember, the Twins go #32, #42 and #63. I'm not staying up all night DWG, or whatever your name is.