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The World Series is a wonderful, thing, but here's a reminder that once the post-season ends, prospect ranking season begins. Once again, I'll be talking to scouts and various front office officials to rank each teams Top 20 prospects, with in-depth scouting reports on the Top 11 for each team. Last year, I began doing the teams in draft order, and that will continue this year. Thus, here's the order.

  1. Houston Astros
  2. Minnesota Twins
  3. Seattle Mariners
  4. Baltimore Orioles
  5. Kansas City Royals
  6. Chicago Cubs
  7. San Diego Padres
  8. Pittsburgh Pirates
  9. Florida Marlins
  10. Colorado Rockies
  11. Oakland Athletics
  12. New York Mets
  13. Chicago White Sox
  14. Cincinnati Reds
  15. Cleveland Indians
  16. Washington Nationals
  17. Toronto Blue Jays
  18. Los Angeles Dodgers
  19. Los Angeles Angels
  20. San Francisco Giants
  21. Atlanta Braves
  22. St. Louis Cardinals
  23. Boston Red Sox
  24. Tampa Bay Rays
  25. Arizona Diamondbacks
  26. Detroit Tigers
  27. Milwaukee Brewers
  28. Texas Rangers
  29. New York Yankees
  30. Philadelphia Phillies

I love doing these lists, and based on our traffic figures, you sure love reading them, so enjoy the World Series, and once it's over, you'll see how the Astros have improved through trades, and then get 29 more lists with scouting reports as the off-season rolls on.

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SaberTJ
10/20
These series of articles are what get me through the off-season without any games.
froston
10/20
What's the timeline here, is it roughly one list per week?
kgoldstein
10/20
2-3/week.
ofMontreal
10/20
Draft order good! Can't wait, these make for good fall & winter days.
JoshShep50
10/20
Very excited. Looking forward to the lists. Reading prospect scouting reports and such is what the winter is good for.
crperry13
10/20
Such a tease. I won't believe the Astros improved until I see it in their record. But YAY for the lists!
Jquinton82
10/20
KG any chance we can ratings on the 20/80 scale for tools and pitches now and future grades?
BillJohnson
10/20
I second (third? tenth?) the positive reception for doing this in draft order, but a question: is this order definitely set now? If so, how did the tiebreaks get resolved among teams with identical W-L records? Kansas City, San Diego and Chicago Cubs, for example, all finished at 71-91; when was that order (KC, CHN, SD) decided, and how?
kgoldstein
10/20
Yes that is the draft order. Previous year is the tie breaker.
lloydecole
10/20
One of the best parts of the year. Nobody does this better.
dianagramr
10/21
Could I request that, when the lists come out for each team, that there are links to every prior year's top 11 lists for that team on the top of the page? Many thanks!
BillJohnson
10/21
Seconded enthusiastically, and if easy to do, I'd expand this request to have those links say where the team's farm system ranked that year compared to the 29 other teams. Watching trends in these systems is a fascinating exercise.
crperry13
10/21
I thought he did that in 2011 already.
Scott44
10/21
Loves it!
elonbaseball
10/21
Huge fan, don't tell my boss
lucasjthompson
10/21
I do love these, and it will be nice not to have to wait so long for the Twins this year! The upside of sucking!
serviceoutrage
10/21
I've been looking forward to these since the draft.
Marycontardi
10/23
I think I speak for all of us "I heart KG!... (and his lists are pretty nice too)"
yadenr
10/24
Can't we get this World Series thing out of the way and get down to the serious business of Winter Wishcasting? [with thanks to CK]
hyprvypr
10/27
The definitive source for prospect mining has come. I wouldn't be surprised if these lists were frequented by MLB general managers and/or development departments.