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Buxton solid, college pitchers jumbled

Updated: April 23, 2012, 10:17 AM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

Clubs are building their draft boards, general managers are out on the scouting trail and extensive background work is being done on the top prospects in the class. In other words, things are heating up as draft day near, but there is another six weeks remaining.

In those six weeks, Appling County (Ga.) High School outfielder Byron Buxton could sew up the race for No. 1 if the Houston Astros like the results of their final looks at him, which includes GM Jeff Lunhow checking in on the five-tool star. Also in the next six weeks, clubs will have to make decisions on which college arm deserves to go first, second and third -- all three could land in the top 10, while it appears unlikely that a fourth will crack that range -- with Stanford's Mark Appel, LSU ace Kevin Gausman, Texas A&M right-hander Michael Wacha and San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer all vying for that right.

While the best of the collegiate crop are battling it out, the prep class continues to make its move, and three in particular -- two arms and a power bat -- may be rising up draft boards quicker than anyone.

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