Buxton has the most exciting tool collection in the minors, which is why he ranks ahead of Taveras as the premier prospect in the game. The beauty of Buxton is the impact potential he has in all phases of the game, as the 19-year-old can go 1-for-5 at the plate but still patrol big swaths of real estate in center field and use his elite speed as a weapon on the bases. One scout source suggested his floor was Torii Hunter, which should be some indication just how high the ultimate ceiling could be. This is a special talent. You buy tickets to watch this kid play.
Hunter, who between the ages of 25 and 30 averaged 3.8 wins above replacement per season (essentially an All-Star level), would be a fantastic floor. If All-Star is the floor, to paraphrase Macklemore’s latest hit, the ceiling can’t hold Buxton.
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