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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!

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moonlightj
3/02
I die a little
Each time someone reminds me
Rays passed on Posey
Kongos
3/02
What a funny idea!
Some of these are brilliant,
Some are just one star.
anderson721
3/02
As a Dodgers' fan
I find this list depressing
But it could be worse
Mountainhawk
3/02
At least the Brewers
Are favored to win this year;
Crap! No, they are not.
dianagramr
3/02
5-7-5 is
Either a quirky putout
Or nice article
acarlisle
3/02
Helms catches liner
Hanley sprains ankle on field
Logan saves the play
TheBrewersFan
3/02
Greinke and Marcum
Can a flag fly forever?
The future is sad...
greensox
3/20
It flies forever
No prizes for have the best
farm
dianagramr
3/02
Haiku Prospectus?
Could entire podcast be
Spoken in this form?
mattymatty2000
3/03
No no no no no
no no no no no no no
no no no no no
Kongos
3/02
Argh -- screwed up by a
keying error. My entry
was supposed to read:

What a fun idea!
Some of these are brilliant,
Some are just one star.
tribe24
3/02
Should have used "concept,"
Ponder your syllable count,
Haikus - so complex.
mwhite6
3/02
I really shouldn't
But this is infectious
D'oh! Gone too far now.
NYYanks826
3/02
Cliff Lee is a Phil
Sergio Mitre will pitch
Prepare for homers
zasxcdfv
3/02
The Mets make me sad
When they say "no overslot"
F-Mart to DL?
holgado
3/02
This sh*t doesn't rhyme
Less clever than it appears
Next year: limericks
crperry13
3/02
Haikus do not rhyme
K G's finest work ever
Uncultured dumb butt
holgado
3/02
Thanks for the 4th Grade English lesson, Chachi. I was bein' ironical. And KG knows I love him.
crperry13
3/02
All in fun fun fun
fun fun fun fun fun fun fun
don't be sensitive :)
holgado
3/03
Don't call people names.
crperry13
3/03
Don't swear.
Oleoay
3/03
Don't call people names.
Don't swear. Don't be sensitive.
The thread's back on track.
zasxcdfv
3/02
If anything, he should go iambic pentameter.
JeffreyLyon
3/02
I am shocked to see
Even the comments posted
Are all in haiku
mtr464
3/02
I should be working
Lots to get done not much time
This site will end career
Scott44
3/02
Well you know KG, if this baseball thing doesn't work out......
dethwurm
3/02
Problem with karma?
Clicked on "plus," went more minus.
Admins, please debug!

(for serious, I saw his comment was rated very negative and didn't think that was appropriate, so I clicked the + sign and it went from -11 to -12. I tried again on Mr. Cthulu a few posts later and he went from -13 to -15)
Kongos
3/03
Others clicked minus
faster than you could click plus.
Life's like that some days.
tribe24
3/02
Mission possible,
To hide all non-hauki posts,
Succeed? YES WE CAN.
kgoldstein
3/02
Do it on a lark
Ridiculous response? Yes
Our readers? Insane
pikapp383
3/02
TMQ expands
to baseball? Football gods will
surely get revenge
flalaw
3/02
Thanks for the haikus,
Especially this morning,
Welcome break from Sheen
Gotribe31
3/02
An all haiku piece?
No wonder Buffum and Kev
Get along so well
mgolovcsenko
3/02
How does this compare
To value based ranking?
Correlation high.

(correlation: 0.92 vs. http://redsminorleagues.com/2011/01/07/john-sickels-farm-system-rankings/)

rawagman
3/02
Prospects will always
Break your heart. Still need to dream.
Spring is almost here.
flalaw
3/02
Other readers have
Rated this haiku below
The viewing threshold
hessshaun
3/02
What fitting book ends
Sultans of pork smoke and brew
Hamrahi can smile
xnumberoneson
3/02
I find it funny
That all the non-haiku posts
Are getting minused
mharrop
3/02
BP '11
Got to Canada Tuesday.
Sooner next year, please.
rawagman
3/02
BP breaking news.
Mine came to Toronto on
Friday last. Progress.
mtr464
3/02
My fellow canucks
My copy arrived last Thursday
mtr464
3/02
I apologize
For my earlier typo
Please see correction:

My fellow canucks
My copy arrived last Thursday
All move to Calgary

mharrop
3/02
You ordered online?
I bought in store at Chapters.
Stupid move by me.
kgoldstein
3/02
Quickly becoming . . .
The best comment thread ever?
Keep it up, you freaks
Oleoay
3/02
More so than PECOTA?
Or Idols or Knives or Kahrl's prose?
But can it beat Joe?
crperry13
3/02
http://www.ehow.com/how_3336_write-haiku.html

There was no dang way
I could fit that link into
five-seven-five form
Oleoay
3/02
One syllable off
Poem was a one-off from work.
Still, thanks for the link.
hegglund
3/02
This thread needs one thing:
Some Moose on Hosmer action
Prospect slash fiction


nschneider
3/02
Toronto is fifth!?
I had been disappointed
By the lack of stars
dianagramr
3/02
With permission from KG, I present the readers with an entire game recap written in Haiku, from a Yanks/Angels game last season:
http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2010/04/24/haiku-california/

(Yeah, I'm a bit of a loon)
dianagramr
3/02
To those folks "-"ing this, KG gave me his blessing to post the link. Sorry if you think its not worthy/relevant.
brianholbrook
3/02
Not content, but form
Link is appreciated
Describe in haiku
mikefast
3/02
Recapped game this way.
KG permits me to link.
I'll do so forthwith.

dianagramr
3/03
Thanks Mike I owe you
Yes I did not phrase in form
Of a Haiku, sigh
jparks77
3/02
What an article
Val Kilmer rides his bison
My God I love him
Lassaller
3/02
Hope springs eternal
But without payroll and youth?
Wait until next year
dianagramr
3/02
Hosmer Moustakas
Deposed Egyptian Leader?
No, Royals corner hope!
dianagramr
3/02
Doctor Who likes Yanks
Especially their shortstop
Named Dalek Jeter!
mbsmith76
3/02
Doctor fights Evil
Could never love the Empire
Don't besmirch his name!

Yes, I'm a Mets fan
Ashamed and in torment from
Years of Minaya

Wishing for TARDIS
To fix Mets draft history
Wishcasting now done
mbsmith76
3/02
Overzealous me
Three times more than is correct
For proper haiku
Wrigleyviller
3/02
All those losing years
You'd think Chicago would have
Something coming, no?
dianagramr
3/02
What are you drinking?
Is a dangerous question
For Professor Parks
JeffreyLyon
3/02
Mezcal, mimosas
Just no 4 Loko, thank you
Constitution's weak
ccseverson
3/02
MVP's to be
Chavez in stripes - Crosby a snake
I am still so sad
KrisM615
3/02
it would rate higher
if you had used proper form
but still was funny
vertumnus
3/02
An autumn leaf falls
as Josh Vitters hacks away,
lost in the tall weeds
mlovell
3/02
Rankings make no sense
Why no love for Prospect X?
KG hates Team Y
KrisM615
3/02
The Cubs will still suck
Minors has no star power
Need a new GM
delasky
3/02
Spring means hope anew
Except for Houston Astros
Eternally bad
crperry13
3/02
Astros make me cry
With yearly futility
OBP still sucks.
leites
3/02
The poet Goldstein
Has earned a vacation
But take your big hat!
sfbennett1
3/02
"The German lies low" -> epic
sam19041
3/02
Brutal honesty
Crushes winter delusions
This Mets fan is sad
kcshankd
3/02
Baseball games are back
Endless winter nearly gone
Somewhere Santo smiles
mgolovcsenko
3/02
Contenders improve
Rays, Braves, Yanks, Reds, Phils, Rangers
Can others break through?
kcshankd
3/02
Trust The Process please
GMDM on the job
Future nearly here
kcshankd
3/02
Jarrod Dyson flies
Plus glove, plus plus speed, can't hit
Fun to watch anyway
singledigit
3/02
Goldstein is a crank-
y old dude, but ya gotta
hand it to him, no?
dianagramr
3/02
Its time for Kahrl's chat
Then come right back here for more
Prospectus Haikus
eighteen
3/02
Fine, I will try it.
But I have no real talent.
Much like the Cubbies.
sde1015
3/02
Do the Cubbie's try?
Or just cash in Wrigley's bucks?
Fans come regardless.
Oleoay
3/03
I am a Cubs fan
Yet I still got a chuckle
But I wept inside.
hegglund
3/02
Giant hangover.
What are they drinking, you ask?
November champagne.
sde1015
3/02
Montero caught two.
Is his defense improving?
Or just small sample?
kcshankd
3/02
Jason Kendall scowls
Jason Kendall plays real hard
Old catcher grounds out
jamin67038
3/02
Late to the party
but can't pass up the chance to
use English degree
bsolow
3/03
Too late to haiku?
Never in a million years!
There is always time.

--------------------------------

Can't wait for a chance
to see A Gonz in the Fens.
Trade was so worth it.
zmooney
3/02
I still hope Ackley's
a 3 WARP second baseman
eventually
thadanderson
3/02
First Cliff, Doc, then Roy
Now: "what can Brown do for you?"
Phils win 1-0-2
thadanderson
3/02
Reynolds in Wire-ville
Forty homers? Then the strikes
are "all in the game"
tfine28
3/02
My debut comment
Podcast, articles, fun, beer
Why I love BP!
Scott44
3/02
Regarding my comment above - "Well KG, if this baseball thing doesn't work out....". I'm a bit miffed why it was deemed inappropriate? In essence it was a compliment to the Haiku article, and a joke if he ever wanted to leave baseball that poetry was back-up.

Anyway, it was certainly NOT meant to be insulting or inappropriate, and I'm sorry if that's how some viewed it.
sde1015
3/02
Every comment
That is not in haiku form
Has been downrated.
Oleoay
3/02
The gist of the day
Neg the non haiku away.
Not personal, K?
adecker31
3/02
Only mistake my
friend, was not going five
to seven to five!

All is well! Despair
not, all will love you, just write:
Prospect, I dream you!
adecker31
3/02
And oh dear! I missed
My count in line 2 above:
Haiku Lords forgive?
hinnenra
3/02
The comments cause smile.
The comments make me laugh. I
Hope for no lost job.
brokeslowly
3/02
Doc trying to work
now obsessed with 5-7-5
Will patients survive?
KBarth
3/02
Fantasy drafting
Distracts from everything
But today, haiku!
Wharton93
3/02
This thread almost made
me forget Charlie Sheen is
still alive. Crazy.
brownsugar
3/02
How could you forget
Charlie Sheen is still alive?
I CAN'T PROCESS IT!
atfhoops
3/03
Eliminator
Too long to fit in haiku
Major League Two stunk
Oleoay
3/03
Major League Deep Thoughts:
Jesus Christ can't hit curveball.
Curveball, bats are 'fraid.
dianagramr
3/02
Groundball Shortstop A
Billy Butler's time up?
Release the Hosmer!
dianagramr
3/02
argh /// 1 syllable short ...
adecker31
3/02
Archer's gone, Cubs fate
a mediocrity with
young ace shortstop? Tree!
penski
3/02
Haikus on the brain
Thoughts now stuck in same pattern
Gonna be long day
amosap
3/02
Wisconsin friends sad
With no unions or prospects
They deserve better
joelefkowitz
3/02
What happens when I
have an actual question,
but can't write haikus?
mikefast
3/02
You will sadly be
out of luck unless you can
make a poem, friend.
Oleoay
3/02
Halt! Those who cross the
Bridge of death must haiku to
Thee these questions three.
kgoldstein
3/02
You can ask for sure,
Language has limitations
Wait for the next chat?
DDriesen
3/02
Beltran's called third strike
It's all been downhill since.
Damn you, Ponzi scheme!!!
DDriesen
3/02
Beltran's called third strike
It's all been downhill since then.
Damn you, Ponzi scheme!!!

[sorry, forgot the "then"]
mattidell
3/02
Keith Law ranks Padres
Prospects higher in hundred
And org rank lower?

Difference appears
To be what? Tate? Depth that good?
Read into too much?
Oleoay
3/03
At ESPN
Depth don't count unless there is
An East Coast bias.
Olinkapo
3/02
There once was a man from Natucket
...
D'OH!
BillJohnson
3/02
In two thousand twelve
Double Dactyls instead, please
Still, the haikus rock!
kgoldstein
3/02
Fan Haikus are great
But important change of pace
New podcast is up!
crperry13
3/02
New Podcast should be
In Haiku format as well.
Oh yes, how unique!

After ten minutes,
It would get extremely old.
My brain would 'asplode.
yanksfan32190
3/02
AL East is best
with three of the top five farms.
Poor Orioles fans.
Az2001
3/02
All rides on Parker
Hope that Miley will come through
Can Hudson continue?

Reynolds- Baltimore
Laroche to the Nationals
Where'd the KOs go?

Our bench is loaded
With abunch of average vets
No star to be found

Upton must explode
Or the Diamondback future
Looks quite bleak indeed
gilgamesh
3/02
What do O's fans and
Sofia Vergara share?
A love for Man-ny!

gilgamesh
3/02
Wilmer Flores won't
You please find a position
Orange and blue wait
dawhipsaw
3/02
Disgruntled Nats fan
At least we have Bryce Harper
September callup?
blcartwright
3/03
Those young Buc pitchers
will they each have Tommy John
or will flags fly high?
BurrRutledge
3/03
Can sublime rhythm
be too much of a good thing?
Fuhgettaboudit.
leites
3/03
Geek culture appeal
is esoteric knowledge
shared playfully

Kongos
3/03
Sabathia, Burnett, Hughes,
Dumbledore, Methuselah:
Yankees rotation.
sde1015
3/03
Who is Dumbledore?
And which one's Methuselah?
Nova and Colon?
eighteen
3/03
What an epic thread.
Love of baseball and haiku.
Subscriber base rocks.
smallflowers
3/03
How is Jay Gibbons
still rostered? Divorce decree?
Die carrot top, die!
bahays
3/03
I expect to be at -50 within the hour, but does anyone else get a headache from reading this many haikus?

Why do haikus hurt my head?
Oleoay
3/03
Advice for migraine
From Haikus on monitor:
Read them, sans headbutt.
amosap
3/03
Moving non haikus
Below the threshold is odd
That's the way it goes

Baseball fans in spring
Will be a whole lot saner
Than in late winter
flalaw
3/03
30321
My Baseball Prospectus code
Or a Yes album name?
Infrancoeurgible
3/03
Mets' Top Eleven Game:
Drink shot for non-overslot
Blackout by Brad Holt.
Infrancoeurgible
3/03
Ugh....

Mets Top Twenty:
Drink shot for non-overslot
Blackout at Brad Holt.
Infrancoeurgible
3/03
Mets Top Twenty Game:
Drink shot for non-overslot
Blackout at Brad Holt.

Parents, don't let your children haiku running on 24 hours with no sleep.
Behemoth
3/03
Cannot write haikus
But I like his username
Infrancouergible
thegeneral13
3/03
Subscription ends soon
Not sure whether to re-up
Now a no brainer
yanks421
3/03
Yanks prospects show off
Montero now more agile?
Killer B’s buzzing
Behemoth
3/03
We need more haikus
Not quite sure why we do, but
get writing, people.
Behemoth
3/03
Making more haikus
Is a good way not to work
Here comes dismissal!
Behemoth
3/03
Must stop spamming thread
Impressively creative
Are BP readers
amosap
3/03
KG and Keith Law
Should have haikued the podcast
Use that Harvard ed.
veg9000
3/03
Came for the prospects
Stayed for the haiku-a-thon
It is almost Spring.