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Saltalamacchia Rated 6th Best Prospect in the AFL

According to Baseball America, Jarrod Saltalamacchia was the 6th best prospect in the Arizona Fall League this season.

Saltamacchia, who hit .288 with a .386 on base percentage and a .438 slugging percentage, is praised for his continued progress behind the plate. But it's Jarrod's bat that will get the up and coming star noticed.

Saltalamacchia is a switch hitter who can drive the ball to all fields. He understands the strike zone and can really work the count. It's easy to see that the Braves have found another gem in Saltalamacchia.

Jarrod is currently playing for the USA Olympic team. Through the first week of play, he is punishing opposing pitchers, hitting at a clip of .875. In today's game against Panama, all JS did was go 3 for 3 with 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI, and a walk. On Wednesday, it was Saltalamacchia's walk-off single that enabled Team USA to upend Mexico 5-4 during the regional Olympic qualifying tournament.

I know the AFL and Olympics are not major league caliber leagues, but I think you can see why I thought Jarrod had a legitimate shot at being rated the Braves top prospect going into 2006.