From now through Monday, we'll profile six players the Orioles might target with the No. 4 overall pick in Monday night's amateur draft
Today: Byron Buxton
Name: Byron Buxton
Height/Weight: 6-feet-2, 175 pounds
Hometown: Baxley, Georgia
School/Class: Appling County HS/senior
Skinny: Arguably the best all-around athlete in the draft with the highest upside of any position player. … A natural center fielder that should stay there throughout his career. … Has plus-speed and baserunning instincts, swiping 36 bases in his first 35 games in 2012. … Batted over .500 as a senior with gap power. … Had three homers this year, but as he fills out could be a 15-homer-plus hitter. … Makes good contact; rarely struck out in high school. … Can throw a low 90s fastball and fanned roughly two batters per inning this year. … Was also star quarterback/wide receiver on high school team. … Hit national showcases tours last summer, rising to prominence. … From small Georgia town, so level of competition is a concern. … Draws comparisons to B.J. and
Why the Orioles will take him: With
Why the Orioles won’t take him: He won’t get to the fourth spot. It’s possible he could go first overall to the
Connolly's take: Buxton would be nice, but there's not a realistic shot of him falling unless the top of the draft shifts. If it does, the Orioles likely wouldn't hesitate.
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