July 3, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A view of the Minnesota Twins logo on the field against the Milwaukee Brewers at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Minnesota Twins give Byron Buxton $6 million

N0. 2 overall pick Byron Buxton received a $6 million bonus from the Minnesota Twins, per Jim Callis via Twitter. This is the highest draft bonus in Twins team history, with the 18-year-old OF breaking the record set by Joe Mauer by just under a full million.

Byron Buxton has a high bonus than the No. 1 pick, which was shortstop Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros. Correa received $4.8 million, but it should be noted that Buxton did receive $200K less than the recommended amount for that slot. He has the highest bonus of any selection in the draft, and it’s not surprising given that some rated him as the best-rated pick in the draft- or at least the top position player.

The Baxley, Georgia product is not only a five-tool player, but he can also throw the ball in the high 90’s. The right-hander is gifted with terrific athleticism and has great speed. Buxton has a solid arm in the outfield and is a great defensive player and base-stealer with his speed. He has so much potential, and he also has the potential to have above-average power.

Buxton will develop his power in the future and should be at least average in this regard. For now, he brings great defense and base-running to the table for the Twins. He has the potential to be a very good hitter in the future and has the most potential of any player in this draft class. In fact, Byron Buxton is probably the best position player in the draft and deserves the $6 million bonus. I honestly think he’s the top prospect in this draft, and he projects as at least a plus player in all five tools in the future.

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