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June 15, 2011

White Sox sign 26th round draft pick 3B Grant Buckner

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 3:30 pm
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Power @ WVMN:

Dream jobs are hard to come by, but one WVU baseball player has his and the opportunity of a lifetime. Grant Buckner was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 26th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

“I always said it’s what I wanted to do, it’s my biggest dream ever. I’ve always said I wanted my first real job to be a professional baseball player,” said Buckner. “That’s my job now so, no more school, just work on baseball all the time. That’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Buckner was the 801stpick in this year’s draft and the second Mountaineer shortstop in as many years to be drafted by a major league team.

“I’ll be heading to the Appalachian League in Bristol, Virginia,” Buckner said.  “That is the next step.” …

Here’s his scouting report from perfectgame.org via mack’s mets:

5-11 from: – link  – RF, Grant Buckner, W Virginia, 6’1 1/2 210, R/R, powerful built, solid RF arm, 40 plus runner and field, 60 power, could perhaps play 1b in pro ball, has good hands and moves well for a big man, swing a tad long with power to all fields. Someone will give him a 4-8 round look for sure and don’t be surprised if this kid gets to the show in 2-3 years with his makeup.

Here are his College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .364 55-55 209 48 76 14 1 8 46 116 .555 20 10 25 2 .440 2 7 3-6 90 144 13 .947
2010 .363 53-53 201 37 73 17 0 8 50 114 .567 21 15 27 7 .452 4 5 5-6 53 75 10 .928
2009 .325 55-55 200 42 65 21 1 5 45 103 .515 23 11 19 0 .418 3 10 0-2 116 2 2 .983
2008 .290 24-15 62 12 18 6 0 0 8 24 .387 3 1 7 0 .328 1 3 0-0 26 1 0 1.000

And here’s a small video of Buckner:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my-LBiDA9kU

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