Re: 2012 Breakout minor leaguer
Buckley...I have not seen him but there is talk of a move to the outfield and a need for improved defense.
When you hear that a low-minors player has defensive shortcomings, it is usually another way of saying he can't catch anything. Many low-minors players struggle defensively so when I hear someone single a guy out and say he is a weak player in the field, you figure it must be ugly.
Next, you look at the player's work ethic and his desire (or lack of desire) to improve his defense. The Reds released an outfielder in 2010 that was highly-touted by some on these boards because he simply would not work on his defense (along with some attitude issues).
Donald Lutz worked and worked and worked last year and in one season, went from horrendous at first base to fairly decent and getting better. Juan Duran is a guy that needs to develop a desire to improve his defense. He has the desire to improve as a hitter, but he wants to DH and that is not a good thing in a National League organization. A phrase that you hear from time to time that is surprising but can be true: "(Player x) loses interest in the game when he steps out of the batter's box."
Knowing nothing about Buckley other than the fact that his father is a scout, I would guess that he understands the importance of working on and improving his defense.