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Billy Buckner

RHP
Billy Buckner
Name: William Jennings Buckner
Born: Aug 27, 1983 in Decatur, Ga. USA
High School: Salem HS, Conyers, Ga.
College: South Carolina
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 205 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 2nd round (55th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2004 (signed for $635,000)
Buckner emerged last spring at Young Harris (Ga.) JC, where he teamed with Orioles first-round pick Nick Markakis and current College of Charleston righthander Kevin Bulger to form a potent rotation. Buckner lost velocity late in the spring and wound up getting drafted in the ninth round by the Devil Rays, but didn't sign and became South Carolina's ace early on in 2004. He missed starts in May due to a bout with mononucleosis. Scouts expect his stuff to come back when he's strong again, and it's plus stuff. His 90-91 mph fastball has touched 94 and he owns one of the country's best curveballs, a true downer that serves as his strikeout pitch.
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