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Top North Carolina high schools square off before NHSI

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T.C. Roberson (N.C.) and prospect Braxton Davidson will face a tough text next week when they head to Cary, N.C., for the National High School Invitational. First, however, they have a pair of games this weekend, including Saturday's showdown with North Buncombe (N.C.) and left-hander Alex Destino.

Davidson, a North Carolina recruit, has some of the best power among high school hitters in the 2014 Draft class. He's been pretty good as a pitcher in high school as well, and that athleticism will help him at the next level. One scout said he thought Davidson could handle playing an outfield corner, but his bat will always be the main attraction.

"He's the same guy swinging the bat, one of the better bats in the country," the scout said. "He's going to have power, and he's going to hit."

Destino, a South Carolina recruit, presents a difficult matchup for Davidson. He throws his fastball in the low-90s, mixing it with a solid changeup and breaking ball. One of the most polished prep pitchers in the country, Destino pitched for the U.S. national team in the 18-and-under World Cup in Taiwan last summer and could be an early-round pick this June.

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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