Buxton shows tools worthy of No. 1 pick 

April, 12, 2012
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Center fielder Byron Buxton of Appling County High School in Baxley, Ga., seems to be on top of most scouts' personal "pref" lists at the moment because of his explosive tools, an incredibly athletic body and the frame to put on more muscle and end up with plus tools in all five categories. He's got some risk attached, but all things considered, he's the best prospect in this draft class.

If you want raw tools, this is about as good as it gets. Buxton is an 80 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale with a 70 arm and a chance to be a 70 defender in center. He's not just fast, he runs easily and effortlessly and is even faster underway than he is in short spurts like home to first. Buxton threw three innings in Tuesday's game and hit 93 mph several times with a decent curveball, so while he's not a top prospect as a pitcher, he did show arm strength and even more evidence of his athleticism.