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04-18-2012 05:30 PM #106
I have not been able to see a whole lot of Buxton. Are the tools really that legit? Whats to say he isn't the next Donovan Tate? How does he compare with Bubba Starling? I'm just not sure we are the type of team that can develop a HS 5 tool player like Buxton. Not that I wouldn't absolutely love to add a legit top notch OF prospect. Lets just say Buxton, Appel are both available at 4 who do you go with? I'm hoping for Giolito even with the injury the thought of pairing Bundy and Giolito just makes me happy.
04-18-2012 07:39 PM #107
I predict Gioloto will be there at 4.
04-20-2012 02:15 PM #108
Trying to get out to see our buddy Kevin Brady from Clemson tonight and Richie Shaffer who looks to be a high corner infield pick.
05-01-2012 04:25 PM #109
So we are at May 1 and the draft is June 4th, who do you think we are targeting with pick #4. Looks like Buxton and Appel are the first two picks.
05-02-2012 10:42 AM #110
I saw Gioloto was given the green light to start a throwing program again. Obviously encouraging for him, but will there be enough seen from scouts to believe he is recovered or on the right track to be picked at/or above 1:5?
05-02-2012 03:22 PM #111
05-02-2012 03:26 PM #112
With the weakness of our mil hitting prospects especially power I vote for Almora or Correa. Are we able to trade down yet???
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05-09-2012 12:12 PM #118
Updated pref list at ESPN SweetSpot blog, Camden Depot. Full article here; includes comparison of Almora and Buxton and video of Kevin Gausman from my Louisiana scouting trip.
Current Preference List (May 9, 2012)
1. Kevin Gausman, rhp, Louisiana St. Univ.
2. Albert Almora, of, Mater Acad. (Hialeah Gardens, Fla.)
3. Carlos Correa, ss/3b, Puerto Rico Baseball Acad. (Gurabo, P.R.)
4. Mark Appel, rhp, Stanford Univ.
5. Byron Buxton, of, Appling County HS (Baxley, Ga.)
6. Lucas Giolito, rhp, Harvard-Westlake HS (Studio City, Calif.)
7. Kyle Zimmer, rhp, Univ. of San Francisco
8. Mike Zunino, c, Univ. of Florida
9. Gavin Cecchini, ss, Barbe HS (Lake Charles, La.)
10. Deven Marrero, ss, Arizona St. Univ.
05-09-2012 01:16 PM #119
Nice write-up. While not explicitly stated, it reads like you think Almora's approach lends itself more toward higher OBP than Buxton.
Based on what you wrote, I'll take the guy with high probability and more advanced approach at the plate (Almora) over the elite toolsy guy who may or may not refine to hit his ceiling (Buxton).
I honestly hadn't even considered Almora in my own personal pref list. I'm liking all of Almora, Correa, Gausman, Gioloto and Appel at the O's spot. As of this date, I'll be really happy with any of them.
It sounds to me like you think Almora, Correa and Gioloto could all be available at 4. If so, good for us.
05-09-2012 01:34 PM #120
1:1 HOU -- Buxton
1:2 SEA -- Gausman
1:3 SEA -- Zunino
That would leave great options for Baltimore with Almora, Correa, Appel, and Giolito offering different pros and cons.