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Top 5 Hitting Prospects

In his Wedensday chat, Jim Callis of Baseball America ranked his top five hitting prospects. At the top is Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters followed by 3B Pedro Alvarez of Pittsburgh. St. Louis Cardinals' CF Colby Rasmus gets the bronze, and San Francisco Giants 2008 1st round pick, Buster Posey, finshes 4th.

None of those four are necessarily surprising, but the 5th ranked one took my by surprise. Mr. Callis chose Tampa Bay Rays' SS Tim Beckham. Other than being the Rays last pick in the top 5 for a while, Beckham didn't make the kind of professioanl debut (246/309/350) that would have had me thinking he ranked with any of the other four.