Byron Buxton is both an Under Armour All American and Gatorade State Player of the Year. He attended high school at Appling County where he played for coach Jeremy Smith; Buxton also played quarterback for the Pirates. He has accepted a scholarship offer to the University of Georgia, but also was drafted 2nd overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2012 draft. That’s a bummer for the Bulldogs.
“Byron is a five-tool prospect and the top-rated recruit in the country,” said (Georgia head coach David) Perno. “His speed and arm strength are exceptional and his power is developing plus he is throwing 93-94 miles per hour. He will be one to watch in the pro draft.”
Buxton hit .513 and stole 38 bases during his senior season. He also pitched and struck out 18 batters in seven innings in the Georgia Class Double-A state championship series.
Buxton’s hitting ability is strong; he has a consistent swing and explosive hands. He needs to work on his plate discipline, but he has the work ethic for that to develop. He also has a sturdy frame of strength throughout his upper body and could develop pro level power down the line. His speed and arm strength are what set Buxton apart though. He has blinding, gliding speed on the base paths and in the outfield. He also has an arm that can pick off a baserunner from the deep outfield. A Georgia area scout called Buxton a “potential future star” and we will look to see how he performs with the Twins come Spring Training.