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Brother tandems in baseball are usually lopsided pairs: one's a star (Ken Griffey Jr.), and one's a stiff (Craig). You might get a pair of everyday players like Bret and Aaron Boone, or a pair like the Alomars where the lesser player (Sandy) is perceived as better than he is because his brother (Roberto) is a star, but bona fide pairs of brothers who are both stars are rare. We may have just such a pair on the horizon in B.J. and Justin Upton.

The case for B.J.

Melvin "B.J." Upton (B.J. is short for "Bossman Junior" -- a reference to his father's nickname, "Bossman") should have been the first overall pick in 2002, but the first of many organizational errors under the McClatchy-Littlefield regime in Pittsburgh left him there for the taking for Tampa Bay at No. 2. B.J.'s career had been held back prior to 2007 due to his lack of a position, which was largely a function of the organization's refusal to move him off shortstop past the point where it was apparent that he couldn't play it.

At the plate, however, B.J. has always looked like a star. He's a fast-twitch player who has a quick bat and works deep counts; his swing can flatten out a bit, and he's still learning to adjust to offspeed stuff away. There's been a fair amount of concern over B.J.'s contact rate in 2007 (never all that prone to striking out, he fanned in nearly one-third of his big-league at bats in 2007) but he's already made progress in approach and pitch recognition. Although he's still new to center field, he has good range and a strong arm, and his reads should continue to improve with time.

The case for Justin

Younger brother Justin is barely 20 years old but already has lost his rookie eligibility thanks to a quick rise through the Arizona farm system. Justin resembles his brother both physically and in baseball style and skills. Justin is another fast-twitch player with very quick wrists (probably quicker than B.J.'s) and has more raw power than B.J. had at the same age. He's also a plus runner with a very strong arm and plays a solid center field, the beneficiary of an immediate move from shortstop after the Diamondbacks signed him.

The Upton of choice

B.J. is an outstanding young player who's going to be a star for many years, but Justin is more advanced than B.J. was at the same age and hasn't been held back by organizational incompetence over his position. Justin also has slightly more raw power and more arm strength, and although he doesn't set himself for maximum power in his throws, that is fixable with instruction. And there's a benefit to the fact that Justin reached the big leagues (apparently to stay) at age 19, while B.J. had to return to the minors until he was nearly 22 because of positional trouble, losing key development time as a hitter. So the choice here for the higher upside is Justin.

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