Comments on: Twins use No. 2 pick on high schooler Byron Buxton, pass on Mark Appel http://aarongleeman.com/2012/06/05/twins-use-no-2-overall-pick-on-byron-buxton-pass-on-mark-appel/ Baseball news, insight and analysis from Aaron Gleeman Fri, 29 May 2015 20:06:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 By: mlhouse http://aarongleeman.com/2012/06/05/twins-use-no-2-overall-pick-on-byron-buxton-pass-on-mark-appel/comment-page-1/#comment-11782 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:39:13 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=75208#comment-11782 “Neither would Appel. He’s be in the minors for a year. Then Tommy John surgery thanks to being severely overworked in college. Year three will be his bounce-year. Year 4 he could be in the majors.

I’d say the chances he’ll have to go under the knife in the next 2-3 years are about 80%. Sure, kids come back from that – but not always to 100%.”

Teams should hire you because of your extensive medical knowledge.

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By: Steve J http://aarongleeman.com/2012/06/05/twins-use-no-2-overall-pick-on-byron-buxton-pass-on-mark-appel/comment-page-1/#comment-11755 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 01:47:45 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=75208#comment-11755 for some perspective:

If this guy hits .275/.340/440 in the Majors with his premium speed and defense, he will be a major win for the Twins..

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By: Son of Shane Mack http://aarongleeman.com/2012/06/05/twins-use-no-2-overall-pick-on-byron-buxton-pass-on-mark-appel/comment-page-1/#comment-11752 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:03:35 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=75208#comment-11752 Appel turned down $6 Million from Houston.

Then got drafted by Pittsburgh at #8.

Chances of him getting that from the Pirates? Zero percent.

Either he’ll end up taking far, far less because of Boras or pitch in the Northern League or Japan, perhaps.

That signing bonus won’t look so small after his arm gives out next year.

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By: Son of Shane Mack http://aarongleeman.com/2012/06/05/twins-use-no-2-overall-pick-on-byron-buxton-pass-on-mark-appel/comment-page-1/#comment-11751 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 23:57:47 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=75208#comment-11751 No matter how much upside Buxton has, this is a terrible pick. The Twins needed to take the best college starter available. Buxton could develop into a Matt Kemp, but he will not be contributing to the big leagues for at least 4 more years.

Neither would Appel. He’s be in the minors for a year. Then Tommy John surgery thanks to being severely overworked in college. Year three will be his bounce-year. Year 4 he could be in the majors.

I’d say the chances he’ll have to go under the knife in the next 2-3 years are about 80%. Sure, kids come back from that – but not always to 100%.

There’s many reasons he fell to 8th. The Twins were wise to pass.

Every team could use a Matt Kemp. We could be so lucky if that’s what he blossoms into – perhaps without some of the Matt Kemp personality.

Obviously, hindsight is 20/20. If Appel turns into an Ace and Buxton turns into BJ Garbe, then it wasn’t a good choice. But, given the info – I think they did alright.

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By: SHS http://aarongleeman.com/2012/06/05/twins-use-no-2-overall-pick-on-byron-buxton-pass-on-mark-appel/comment-page-1/#comment-11749 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 22:49:58 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=75208#comment-11749 Everyone keeps saying Correa is a SHOCKER.

No I knew he was the best player in the draft for the last 3 weeks, as did LOTS OF PEOPLE….
I thought the Twins were going to get Correa, with that said, i thought Hou. would select Appel, Buxton and Twins would Have Correa FALL into their lap.

That did not happen :( :(

Unfortunately the comps of Andrew McCuthcen for Bryon Buxton i just simply don’t see, the upper leg strenght of McCutchen is twice that of Byron’s… Byron has a LONG loooooooooooooooooong way to go.

I would rather have Carlos Correa than 2 Byron Buxtons.

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By: birdwatcher http://aarongleeman.com/2012/06/05/twins-use-no-2-overall-pick-on-byron-buxton-pass-on-mark-appel/comment-page-1/#comment-11748 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 22:30:03 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=75208#comment-11748 Aaron Hicks was not exactly “similarly profiled”. There are certain similarities, yes, but Hicks was far from being the most talented player in his draft class.

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By: jason http://aarongleeman.com/2012/06/05/twins-use-no-2-overall-pick-on-byron-buxton-pass-on-mark-appel/comment-page-1/#comment-11742 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:47:48 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=75208#comment-11742 Brown, Mitch to the Indians at 79.
Twins better hope this doesn’t bite them in the butt after passing on him in favor of 4 other pitchers.

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By: Taylor http://aarongleeman.com/2012/06/05/twins-use-no-2-overall-pick-on-byron-buxton-pass-on-mark-appel/comment-page-1/#comment-11741 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:55:55 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=75208#comment-11741 Now here is the important question, after the drafting and stalled development (and question marks surrounding Mauer, ortiz, etc) of Aaron Hicks who was similarity profiled, do we trust Twins brass to develop Buxton properly?

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By: Scott Stahoviak http://aarongleeman.com/2012/06/05/twins-use-no-2-overall-pick-on-byron-buxton-pass-on-mark-appel/comment-page-1/#comment-11739 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:42:04 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=75208#comment-11739 Seeing that we will likely have a less than desireable ball club for the next 2-3 years, I love this pick. Buck will have plenty of time to develop

We’ve got plenty o’ picks left for addressing the Mound – we never hit on these anyways, so might as well save some coin in the process rather than risk getting Boras’d

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By: Josh http://aarongleeman.com/2012/06/05/twins-use-no-2-overall-pick-on-byron-buxton-pass-on-mark-appel/comment-page-1/#comment-11735 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 14:25:57 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=75208#comment-11735 I have to admit, despite the hype and nice projection potential for Buxton, I’m very nervous that his ceiling will end up being Ben Revere with a better arm. Not that he would be a bad player, but…

I’m ok with the Twins passing on Appel. He’s gotten overworked in college, and the reports on him are that he doesn’t dominate the way his stuff says he should. He really makes me wonder if his stuff will translate to the MLB-level. Looks like other teams agreed, since he fell to 8.

Gausman & Zimmer were really interesting to me, but I can’t argue too much with the Twins taking a kid who was #1 or #2 on almost every board out there. Kinda wish their next pick wasn’t another HS kid too, but I guess the club is looking long-term for rebuilding the system and not so much for short-term help?

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