That's the scuttlebutt, anyway. A note on the Twins' second-overall pick, from Jon Heyman:
Early word: astros take stanford rhp mark appel and twins take Ga. prep CF byron buxton. unconfirmed but that's scuttlebutt— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 4, 2012
Scuttlebutt is a true 80 on the 20-to-80 English-language scouting scale. And it's used here to describe high-school outfielder Byron Buxton, a five-tool player. Buxton's potential is impressive enough to make him the first-overall pick in some mock drafts, with a ceiling matched by few, if any, hitters from this draft class. Bullpen Banter has more on him:
Buxton is probably the guy in this top part of the draft that I've gone back and forth on the most. His offensive upside is absolutely undeniable, but he's done little to demonstrate it so far. Still, with his frame, athleticism, and BP shows, you have to think there's a monster lurking in there somewhere that'll give pitchers nightmares for years to come. He has a solid foundation of defense and baserunning to build on, which certainly helps, and while a lot could go wrong with him at the plate, if it goes (right), it should go very, very right for whichever team winds up with him.
The Twins haven't picked this high since 2001, when they selected Joe Mauer first overall, and they're looking for a similar face-of-the-franchise talent.