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Down On The Farm: Baseball America Prospects Chat

Jim Callis held a prospects chat over at Baseball America last Wednesday and here are a few excerpts from the chat:

Ben (Miamisburg, OH): What is the ceiling on a player like Reds middle infielder Billy Hamilton who made huge strides in his hitting approach in 2010 after being a 3 sport star in high school? After steal 48 bases in 67 games for Billings, is 100 stolen bases possible if he spends all next year in the midwest league? Will the Reds play him at 2B or SS?

Jim Callis: Hamilton has a huge ceiling—he's a potential all-star leadoff type who could lead the majors in stolen bases. He has a ways to go to get there, though, but he's off to a fine start. I don't know if you'll see a top prospect steal 100 bases in the minors, just because of all the pounding his body will take. The Reds will give him a long look at shortstop. He has the range and his arm may be strong enough.

Hamilton is someone to keep an eye on over the next few years.

Jason (Champaign): Jim...is Zach Cox going to be an impact bat for StL? 2b or 3b?

Jim Callis: Impact bat, third baseman. He was a steal at No. 25.

I am curious how much power he will have in the big leagues. As Keith Law stated in his chat last Thursday, Cox could get the call-up in 2011.

Raymond (Bronx,NY): Outside of Jesus Montero, who is the yankees 2nd best prospect overall?

Jim Callis: Gary Sanchez.

Sanchez is the Yankees young catching prospect who played in Low A in 2010, hitting .329-.393-.543 with 8 HRs and 43 RBIs in 173 ABs.

Brandon (CA): Can I get some level-headed analysis on who/what Mike Trout will be in the majors? CA baseball talking heads are putting him in the HOF already, so I need a fair and balanced opinion before my head explodes with excitement! Thanks.

Jim Callis: Explode away. I've talked to a lot of people about him, and everyone raves about him. There's no glaring weakness in his game, and he has a chance to reach the majors before the end of 2011. I think he's the best prospect in baseball.

The Angels love this guy, so remember his name in draft day in 2011.