Role: Cedar Rapids Kernels Starting Centerfielder
Age: 19 (DOB 12/18/1993 in Baxley, GA)
Measurables: 6'1" 188lbs
Acquired: via #2 overall selection in the 2012 Rule IV Draft
Rated: #10 by Baseball America; #8 by BaseballProspectUS
Strengths: Considered to be a 5 tool player, Byron is the complete package when dreaming of a starting outfielder. His speed is attibuted to be his greatest asset. This gives him quite a bit a range to compliment his strong arm on defense. He's young for his level and is tearing up the MWL so far. Byron Buxton's attitude has been great so far, but upon his selection last June, he appeared to be a little overwhelmed. However, that hasn't been the case since, as it appears Buxton has enough confidence to go around in the Kernels' dugout.
Weaknesses: There were doubts about whether he would be a good hitter, but clearly it's grown silent on that front. Buxton has crushed the ball in his brief tenure in the minors, but given the choice, power is the lesser of his strengths. Although, at age 19 he'll have plenty of time to grow. Byron's seemingly effortless and fluid swing also provide comfort. Overall, even the most celebrated nitpickers will have trouble finding faults with Byron Buxton as a prospect.
Tool Assessment (BaseballProspectUS):
"The Tools: All of them; 8 run; 7+ arm; 6+ raw power; 6+ hit (potential)"
Edited by YourHouseIsMyHouse, 28 April 2013 - 07:02 PM.