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Byron Buxton, possible No. 1 pick as a hitter, struck out 18 as a pitcher to win state title

Jun 1, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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Georgia high school center fielder Byron Buxton will be one of the top five picks in Monday’s draft and might go No. 1 overall because of his five-tool skill set that includes spectacular speed and a high-upside bat.

Oh, and a great arm too.

Buxton’s team made the Georgia state championship series and they turned to him as a pitcher in the decisive final game yesterday. And boy did he deliver, racking up 18 strikeouts in seven innings for a complete-game victory.

He can spend the weekend celebrating, become famous Monday night, and then get started on negotiating a $5 million-plus contract. Not a bad week for the 18-year-old.

  1. reds37win - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Eric Davis? Is that you?

    Is this a time machine?

    • natstowngreg - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Must be one of those movies where some guy gets transferred into some teenager’s body. Yeah, one of those.

  2. Gobias Industries - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    I’m sure he’s great but he’ll never be my favorite Buxton:

    • bbil2012 - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      I watched this crazy movie 1,000 times with my kids and it still is crazy funny to me!
      Thanks for that.

  3. hansob - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    he’s 18. 12/18/93 birth date.

  4. noozehound - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Welcome to the Twins!

  5. marshmallowsnake - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Bastard! Yeah, I am envious. Good for him though! Living the dream :)

  6. shawnuel - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Drop to the Mariners, drop to the Mariners, drop to the Mariners. There….that should do it!

    • natstowngreg - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Better try some Jedi mind tricks, just to be safe…

  7. bmorelikeme - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    @hansob it depresses me that we are now drafting players born in 1993…and i’m not even that old yet

    • spellingcops - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      Don’t look at Playboy Playmates’ birthdays….

  8. natstowngreg - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Used to be, we Nats fans could look at a kid like this and consider him as playing for our team someday. This year, the Nats pick #16, and future-year draft positions look to be even later. One small downside of the team’s improvement — one with which I can live.

  9. jkaflagg - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Hopefully the Astros understand that this guy has far more upside than the college pitchers they are also looking at (none of which profiles as a true #1 starter or would have been selected in the top 8 last year), and grab him with the top pick…..even if he’s a bust you need to take a chance on greatness…..

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