1. *Josh Wilson, ss, Mount Lebanon HS, Pittsburgh
Team USA took some of the nation's top high school prospects to Venezuela in April to secure a berth for the U.S. in this summer's World Junior Championships. Scouts said the best of the bunch was SS Josh Wilson, who has become an almost certain first-round pick. He compares favorably to Adam Everett and Josh McKinley, shortstops who went in the first round a year ago. To go a step further, his slight build and loose, athletic actions remind scouts of a young Nomar Garciaparra. Wilson, the son of Duquesne coach Mike Wilson, is a polished high school player in every phase of the game. He has a natural rhythm in all his actions at shortstop, with good hands, arm and lateral quickness. He has a knack for getting the sweet spot of the bat on almost every pitch and has surprising bat speed for his size. His only drawback may be a lack of stength. Physically and emotionally, however, he's as ready to take the plunge into pro ball as any high school player . . . It's been a busy year for Josh's father Mike, who coaches OF B.J. Barns, the top-ranked college player in the state. Barns got off to a slow start on Duquesne's southern swing but rebounded to finish the year with a .457 average, third-highest in Division I. Barns' best tool is his bat, but most of his power is to the opposite field. He also has above-average arm strength and was Duquesne's closer this year . . . Six-foot-7 LHP Jeff Randazzo has a large frame and long arms and should easily throw in the 90s when he fills out. He already hits 89 mph. His signability may be a sticky issue, as he is strongly committed to attending Tennessee . . . Randazzo is the top high school pitcher in the state but LHPs Adam Barr and Jonathan Habrack and RHP B.J. Borsa should also be solid picks. Barr has a good breaking ball to go with an 87-91-mph fastball, Habrack has hit a high of 89, and Borsa has a good sinking fastball that ranges from 85-87 . . . 1B Brian Stavisky has one of the most powerful lefthanded bats in the draft and can put a charge in balls. A lack of mobility in the field may limit him to first base, and a Notre Dame scholarship might affect his draft status . . . Like Stavisky, OF Jon Kail's only real plus tool is power. He has below-average speed and arm strength, but he swings the bat better than his brother Tom, a 10th-round pick of the Diamondbacks last year. He is a Georgia Tech recruit.
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