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Everyone wants to be able to predict the future. While by no means a guarantee, our 2007 post-season Top 50 prospect rankings can certainly help. With teams like the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox playing deep into October thanks to help from their farm systems, everyone should want to know who the top players coming up from the Minors are.

This year's rankings come courtesy of 20 members of the scouting community. The results were tabulated in an AP poll-type format: Each voter submitted a list of their top 30 prosepcts, with a No. 1 ranking worth 30 points, No. 2 worth 29 and so on down to one. The cumulative score for each player helped determine the final rankings.

The only parameters set for the participants is that a prospect must still have rookie status heading into the 2008 season to be included on this list. That's why you won't see Justin Upton or Kevin Slowey here. Any other Minor Leaguers, from Triple-A players knocking on the door to recent draftees just getting started, were eligible for the rankings.

A great deal has changed since our end-of-season rankings a year ago. Six of last year's top 10 graduated to the big leagues, leading to a pretty interesting changing of the guard.

The best thing about this list is the debate it stirs. Undoubtedly, there are prospects you believe should be on this list that didn't make the cut. That's what the email address below is for. Don't hesitate to let me know your thoughts about the rankings (you usually don't). Happy reading!

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