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Josh Burrus, ss
Wheeler HS, Marietta, Ga.


If signability causes Iowa's Matt Macri to slide, Burrus could be the first high school middle infielder drafted. The cousin of Brewers outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds, he's just as athletic. A product of the dominant East Cobb amateur program that went 90-11 last summer, he also knows how to play the game. He's the perfect size (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) for a shortstop and has above-average potential both offensively and defensively. Some scouts wonder if he'll outgrow shortstop, but his improved throwing mechanics increase his chance of staying there. He always had plenty of arm strength, and someone may convert him to catcher, as the Expos did with Michael Barrett, another Georgia high school shortstop. Burrus is gifted enough to play just about anywhere on the diamond, and his speed and batting stroke make him dangerous at the plate. He's part of a banner Clemson recruiting class but is considered signable.

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