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Travis Buck

Travis Buck
Name: Travis George Buck
Born: Nov 18, 1983 in Richland, Wash. USA
High School: Richland (Wash.) HS
College: Arizona State
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 230 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (36th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2005 (signed for $950,000)
Buck had the highest profile of any college outfielder heading into the 2005 season. He hit .373-9-58 as an all-Pacific-10 Conference performer in 2004 and hit .412 in leading Team USA to the gold medal at the World University Games last summer. He looked like a sure first-round pick but hasn't had the year scouts envisioned, even though he has been Arizona State's best player and leading hitter at .389. He's handled the expectations of being in the limelight, but he hasn't hit for the same power he's shown in the past and his run production is down, a factor of being pitched around. He's still a hitting machine who sprays line drives to all fields and handles lefthanded pitching. His present power is below-average but he has power potential if he gets stronger. He shows respectable wood bat power in batting practice and had little difficulty hitting with wood for Team USA. He has all the actions and other tools to play in the big leagues, though his speed is just average. He can play all three outfield positions and gets good jumps, though he will likely end up in left field as his arm strength has decreased slightly each year at ASU. A baseball rat, he'll do whatever it takes to win, which is why he agreed to take a turn at third base this spring when the Sun Devils had a gaping hole at the position.
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