Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/5/12
The Minnesota Twins passed on a trio of college pitchers Monday, instead jumping on a rare chance to draft a player they thought was the best available in the draft, choosing high school outfielder Byron Buxton with the second overall pick. Buxton, 18, hit .513 at Appling County High School this season, and he struck out 18 to lead his team to a Georgia state championship last week. Many scouts said Buxton was the best player available, and the Twins agreed. Though openly admitting a need for pitching, Minnesota passed on pitchers Mark Appel of Stanford, Kyle Zimmer of San Francisco and Kevin Gausman of Louisiana State. Scouting director Deron Johnson said Buxton was "absolutely" the player the Twins wanted, saying the team had targeted him since last summer, when area scout Jack Powell saw him for the first time. The Astros chose Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa with the top pick. Johnson said Buxton could hit anywhere from No. 1 to No. 3 in the order. "He's got similar...
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