Click Here To Visit Our Sponsor
Baseball America Online - Features

site map
High School Home
Draft '99 PENNSYLVANIA ****

1. *Josh Wilson, ss, Mount Lebanon HS, Pittsburgh
2. B.J. Barns, of, Duquesne U.
3. Jeff Randazzo, lhp, Cardinal O'Hara HS, Broomall

4. Alan Wawrzyniak, rhp, Philadelphia College of Textiles
5. Brian Stavisky, 1b, Port Alleghany HS
6. Jon Kail, of, Baldwin HS, Pittsburgh
7. Victor Hilleart, rhp, Shippensburg U.
8. Chris McGee, rhp, Mansfield U.
9. Adam Barr, lhp, South Williamsport HS
10. B.J. Borsa, rhp, Cambridge Springs HS
11. Jonathan Habrack, lhp, Dallas Senior HS
12. Eric Junge, rhp, Bucknell U.
13. Matt Beimel, rhp, Conemaugh Township HS, Davidsville
14. Casey Baker, ss, Towanda HS, Wysox
15. Ryan Fry, rhp, Nazareth Area HS, Nazareth

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.

  Copyright 1998-1999 Baseball America. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.