Interested to hear community takes on the similarities and differences between these two. Buxton (age 19) and Brinson (age 18) seem to share similar power-speed profiles, and questions about each prospects' hitting can be found. Below are some general data (keep in mind the small sample sizes), as well as John's comments on each player. Given performance to date, scouting and second-hand information available, etc., I am intrigued by the great disparity between the two in terms of press/hype. It would seem that Brinson could become every bit the player that Buxton could (i.e., ceilings appear very similar). Am I missing something? Thanks in advance for all comments!
Buxton - across 48 games, 165 ABs (GCL/APP):
41 H, 19 XB, 41/19 SO/BB, .248 BAvg, .344 OBP, .488 SLG
Also, 11 SB / 3 CS, 9 3B+HR
From John (Oct 17): "For all the wonderful tools, there was an undercurrent of doubt about Buxton last spring. A distinct, but real, minority of scouts wondered if Buxton's hit tool was as strong as the optimists believed. Buxton didn't hit for a lot of power in high school games, despite facing less-than-superb competition. His plate discipline needed work, and while many sources praised his swing, others quietly said it needed adjustment for him to hit well at higher levels."
(later in the same piece)
Baseball America (which reflects industry consensus and majority opinion) rated him as the top prospect in both circuits [GCL,APP] as he hit enough to ease concerns about his bat. "Ease" concerns, certainly, but not totally eliminate them.
Brinson - through 54 games, 237 ABs (AZL):
67 H , 36 XB, 74/21 SO/BB, 283 BAvg, .345 OBP, .523 SLG
Also, 14 SB / 2 CS, 14 3B+HR
From John (July 27th) - "Concerns about his hitting mechanics hurt his stock a little pre-draft, although not enough to keep him out of the first round (once his reasonable bonus demands became known). His biggest problem right now looks like strike zone judgment. Possible comp: Adam Jones, if the 6-3, 170 pound Brinson can add some strength."