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Byron Buxton is 'the best prospect I've (ever) seen,' per one scout

Byron Buxton is 'the best prospect I've (ever) seen,' per one scout

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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It appears as if the adjustment period for Byron Buxton lasted only three games on his climb from Low-A Cedar Rapids to High-A Fort Myers.

After tallying only two hits in his first 13 at-bats, Buxton broke out over the weekend for five hits in eight at-bats, including a double, four runs and a stolen base. In 73 games between two levels, Buxton is now hitting .340/.426/.546 with 34 extra-base hits and 33 steals.

Everyone is taking notice.

In a feature published over the weekend, Baseball America - which ranked Buxton as the 19th best prospect in baseball prior to the season - quoted a National League scout as saying Buxton is "the best prospect I've seen in (more than a decade) of full-time scouting."

"It's not even close. Tools, athleticism, feel and vision. Time will tell what kind of major league player he becomes, but the sky is the limit."

Baseball America had this to say about Buxton as well:

Another scout, referencing the 2-to-8 scouting scale, said (somewhat) jokingly two days into five days of watching Buxton: "What don't I throw an 8 on?"

A third pro scout has seen Midwest League stars come and go for more than a decade. In his eyes, Buxton's hitting approach is better than Trout's was when he was in the league. He hedges a bit, saying that he doesn't know if Buxton will develop as Trout has, but says strictly based on MWL performance, Buxton has been better.

"Joe Mauer, Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, that's the grouping I have him in as far as pure hitting approach," said the scout, who saw all three of those future big league stars come through the MWL.

High praise.

If Buxton continues to progress as such a rapid rate, it's very possible he makes his major league debut at some point in 2014. 

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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