The rapid rise of Byron Buxton

The prep outfielder has emerged as a potential No. 1 pick in less than a year

Updated: June 4, 2012, 3:47 PM ET
By David Auguste | ESPNHS

Byron Buxton's life is about to change forever.

Granted, it's already changed significantly in the past year. After an eye-opening performance at August's East Coast Pro Showcase, the Appling County (Baxley, Ga.) senior outfielder vaulted onto the short list of elite prep prospects from the Class of 2012. He cemented his place atop that list this spring by hitting .513 with 17 doubles and 35 RBIs to lead his team to its first state crown.

On Monday, Buxton is projected ...

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