With the first pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball Mock Draft at mlbinsider.com, the Houston Astros are selecting high school standout Byron Buxton out of Appling County HS in Georgia.
The Astros are certainly in the rebuilding process and the 18-year-old Buxton would be among the many prospects expected to contribute to the overall growth and development of the organization.
Buxton is a right-hander who plays both in the outfield and pitches as well. As the No. 2 player in the ESPN 100, Buxton is still batting .519 with 10 doubles and three triples through games as of April 8. He has walked 16 times and struck out just once, while remaining a perfect 18-for-18 on stolen-base attempts. He's been impressive on the mound as well with a 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA and 67 strikeouts with just nine walks in 34 innings. His play has helped lead Appling County to an 18-0 mark through April 8.
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