MLB's Top 50 Hitting Prospects Heading into 2012

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MLB's Top 50 Hitting Prospects Heading into 2012
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As the calendar creeps ever closer to that blessed day in mid-February, the day that pitchers and catchers report to spring training to kick off a new MLB season, excitement reigns supreme once again for baseball fans across the globe.

With the dawn of another new season also comes expectations for each MLB team's young stars and prospects, as they look to make a favorable impression in a short six-week window, hoping to be able to show that they are worthy of a spot on the major league roster.

Managers and coaches will evaluate and assess each prospect invited to camp, and while some may indeed be ready for prime time, for others it's simply a chance to show the big club what they can expect some time in the not-so-distant future.

The art of hitting a baseball is not an exact science, and there is no clear-cut blueprint that clearly points out one successful way to do so. So, baseball minds are left to consider each prospect's individual approach to accomplishing one of the hardest acts in sports—hitting a round ball with a round bat.

Bleacher Report will take a look at the prospects who are vying to become successful at the art of hitting. For the purposes of this slideshow, we will only consider prospects who received September call-ups in 2011, along with youngsters who have yet to ascend to the big leagues. So for fans looking for the likes of Mike Trout and Yonder Alonso, you're out of luck. Besides, you already have an idea of how good they can be.


Note: Some of the information compiled for this slideshow was taken from an article I published concerning prospects back in October.

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