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Providence’s Logan Davidson faces big decision as baseball’s draft approaches

jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Sometime over the next few days, Providence High’s Logan Davidson will be faced with a big decision: turn professional or attend Clemson on a college baseball scholarship.

Davidson, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound shortstop, is expected to be selected in the first few rounds of this week’s Major League Baseball Draft. The first two rounds are Thursday, followed by the next 38 rounds Friday and Saturday.

The Observer spoke to area scouts about Davidson, and each said the infielder has first-round talent. However, many major-league organizations were late in considering him that high and were behind in acquiring in-depth evaluations, which could affect his draft stock.

Still, the scouts believe he’ll be chosen in one of the first four rounds.

Providence’s Danny Hignight coached three previous N.C. players of the year before Davidson was named Gatorade Player of the Year this spring. He said Davidson is as talented as any player he’s coached.

“He’s a potential first-round guy,” Hignight said. “He’s definitely not falling very far past that, if he’s signable. If he’s not signable, he won’t get drafted. No big-league club is going to waste a pick on a player who still wants to go to college.”

Davidson, who also excels in the classroom with a 4.48 grade-point average, declined an interview request for this story.

Bleacher Report ranks Davidson one of the top 15 middle infield prospects available in a list that includes college prospects. He has excellent 60-yard dash speed (6.58 seconds) and hits for power and average. Davidson batted .430 with nine home runs, 49 RBIs and 17 doubles this spring. He scored 44 runs and had eight stolen bases. Pitching, he was 10-1 with two saves, a 1.5 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 67 innings.

"He’s a top-notch player," said Travis Poole, the coach at rival Weddington. "He’s got so many tools it’s unbelievable."

Davidson’s father, Mark, is a Garinger High graduate who in 1987 won a World Series title with the Minnesota Twins. His sister Taylor was a doubles All-American this season on Stanford’s national championship women’s tennis team.

“He’s got pretty good DNA,” Hignight said of Logan Davidson. “I could tell he was special the first day I coached him (Davidson transferred to Providence from Statesville High before his junior year).

“You could just tell. I loved the glove, the hand speed. ...I saw the ability to react, the carry on his ball, the way he stayed behind the ball at the plate.”

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First-Year Player Draft

When: 7 p.m. Thursday (rounds 1-2); 1 p.m. Friday (rounds 3-10); Noon Saturday (rounds 11-40)

Coverage: Thursday (MLB Network, MLB.com), Friday-Saturday (MLB.com)

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