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March 2, 2011

Future Shock

Organizational Ranking Haikus

by Kevin Goldstein

I could write a paragraph summary of each system and why they rank where they do, but at the same time, you have 3,000 words or so on each team's system on the individual Top 11s, so why rehash things when the under-utilized but economical haiku will do? Links to each team's Top 11 are here for you to click through and review.

1. Kansas City Royals
The best, it's not close
Moose, Hosmer, tons of lefties
Tim Collins is small

2. Tampa Bay Rays
Always among best
A million draft picks coming
Wish one was Posey

3. Atlanta Braves
I am The Freeman
Latino arms cause envy
Julio this year?

4. New York Yankees
Slugger with no glove
The B's need to prove themselves
Yankees or trade bait?

5. Toronto Blue Jays
Bad one year ago
Alex builds through trades and draft
Still have a J.P.

6. Los Angeles Angels
Much more than just Trout
Free agents are for suckers!
OK, we messed up

7. Cleveland Indians
Few stars, crazy depth
Big-league infield: horrible
Kip, Lonnie are close

8. Philadelphia Phillies
Yin and Yang past Brown
Could explode, both directions
Always bet on tools

9. Cincinnati Reds
Triple-digit heat
Now wasted in the bullpen?
Many to catch him

10. Texas Rangers
Bevy of young arms
Please just let Scheppers relieve
We need hitters, too?

11. San Diego Padres
Lone slugger departs
Star prospects arrive in tow
Can't win without runs

12. Washington Nationals
Harper is a beast
Abandoning the eye black?
Fastballs to the back

13. Seattle Mariners
Ackley gets on base
But is there more to his game?
Sorry, not really.

14. Colorado Rockies
Matzek still waffles
Ace one day, mortal the next
Throw more strikes, lefty

15. Minnesota Twins
Strike-throwers en masse
That's a lot of outfielders!
The German lies low

16. Oakland Athletics
Fat walkers are gone
Replaced with tools and upside
Why is Carter blocked?

17. Pittsburgh Pirates
Yes, still digging out
Turnaround looms with huge arms?
Will still take some time

18. Los Angeles Dodgers
First-round pick is mocked
Yet signs, as divorce lies low
Eat something, Gordon

19. Boston Red Sox
Many steps backward
A-Gonz takes away the depth
Money will fix that

20. Arizona Diamondbacks
Dan Haren departs
To show for it: not enough
Parker must bounce back

21. St. Louis Cardinals
Working their way up
One stud arm, surprising depth
Big-league deal for Cox?

22. San Francisco Giants
Rings over rankings
Posey and MadBum excuse
Little beyond Belt

23. Chicago Cubs
Garza plunders depth
Wasn't so good to start with
Sign more football stars!

24. New York Mets
Spending low in draft
Over-slot deals? Never, sir!
Blame it on Madoff?

25. Chicago White Sox
Needs bulk, lit’rally
Sale's invisible sideways
Wading-pool shallow

26. Baltimore Orioles
One stud pitcher looms
Top shortstop pick, far away
But really, that's it

27. Detroit Tigers
Rush those big pitchers!
Rush those athletic hitters!
Too bad they're not good

28. Houston Astros
That's all you can get?
For Roy Oswalt and Berkman?
Old, bad, no help soon.

29. Florida Marlins
Why play Dominguez?
Not ready, not gonna win
And who will see him?

30. Milwaukee Brewers
We got Zack Greinke!
No! Seriously! Greinke!
Zack Friggin' Greinke!

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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