ON Top 50 Prospects List 2012: Introduction

Tomorrow, we’ll be posting #50 in our annual top 50 prospects countdown. Before we begin I wanted to provide an explanation of how this list is going to operate and what to expect.

First, it’s important not to get too caught up in exactly where a prospect is ranked. Once you get past the first 10-12 prospects, a prospect’s ranking on this list becomes much less important. While this is a list/countdown, it is more of a way for us to provide updated reports, highlight prospects, and reflect on their 2011 seasons in a structured way that’s easy to organize.

The list’s order was compiled by combining Don’s top 50 with my own top 50. A prospect ranked #1 received 50 points; #2, 49 points … #50, 1 point. The point totals were added up and then ordered by highest point total to create the rankings.

Each post will include background on the prospect, a detailed scouting report, and what to expect from the prospect in the future. If you have any suggestions or feel there is something else we should add to this countdown, feel free to contact me.

For reference, the list will be available here.

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Jordan founded Orioles-Nation.com in November 2009. He is a computer science & business major at Towson University. He is the site programmer, designer, editor and primary minor league writer. He also contributes to and maintains the site’s prospect rankings and scouting reports. Jordan's work has been recognized in a number of publications including MASN, The Baltimore Sun, MLB Trade Rumors, FanGraphs and Project Prospect. In addition, Jordan is a special contributor to John Sickels’ (formerly of ESPN.com) blog, Minor League Ball. Read more about Jordan at JordanTuwiner.com and follow him on Google+ and on Twitter @JordanTuwiner.