2014 Philadelphia Phillies Consensus Top 57 Prospects

Maikel Franco's huge 2013 places him at the top of the Phillies' rankings - David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Phillies' top prospects?

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

-Proverbs 11:14

Prospect lists are a tricky animal. Every prospect guru has his or her own biases, favorite prospects, sources, and philosophy, leading to quite a variety in the placement of specific players on his or her list. I like making lists and I like prospects, but I'm no scout and I have no inside connections, so my list wouldn't hold any particular weight. Instead of spending loads of time ranking the players with my own biases, I decided a few years ago to instead assemble a consensus list for each team. You can view all of the previous lists here. Hopefully this will bring safety from a multitude of counselors.

How do I do this? Each time a prospect appears on a list, he gets a number of points (51 minus his ranking). The prospect with the largest amount of points is ranked first.

This year, I made a few changes to the list. First off, I included as many lists as I could possibly find. This includes list from team-specific sites, not just from sites that post a list for every team. Second, I created a separate list for fantasy rankings. Fantasy baseball sites rank their prospects with a different flavor and so there are two rankings: one for real baseball and one for fantasy.

Also, not all sites ranked Miguel Gonzalez as a prospect. His average ranking was four of the sites that did rank him. So in the consensus list, I gave him a ranking of four in each of the lists that did not rank him, but left the other rankings the same.

You can also view the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Baseball America

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Fangraphs

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

MLB.com

MLB Draft Insider

MLB Prospect Portal

Philly Baseball Insider

Phuture Phillies

Phuture Phillies Reader

Prospect Digest

Rant

Scout

The Good Phight

Top Prospect Alert

Fantasy Lists

Baseball HQ

Dynasty Sports Empire

Fake Teams

Prospect 361

Razzball

Rotoballer

The List

The "Change" column describes how the prospect’s status changed from 2013. A positive number means the prospect moved up in the list, while a negative number means he moved down.

Here is a spreadsheet that contains all of the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies top prospect rankings in one place. I have removed Keith Law's as his lists require a subscription, though his list is included in the final tally.

Rank FRank Player Total FTo Change
1 1 Maikel Franco 847 300 6
2 2 Jesse Biddle 828 291 -1
3 3 J.P. Crawford 819 286 1st Round
4 4 Miguel Gonzalez 795 285 Cuban IFA
5 5 Roman Quinn 627 275 -1
6 6 Carlos Tocci 606 216 7
7 8 Aaron Altherr 588 177 Unranked last year
8 7 Severino Gonzalez 568 213 Unranked last year
9 9 Ethan Martin 561 175 -3
10 NA Andrew Knapp 487 2nd Round
11 17 Kelly Dugan 466 39 16
12 15 Dylan Cozens 437 42 Unranked last year
13 11 Adam Morgan 434 126 -10
14 NA Cord Sandberg 425 3rd Round
15 13 Zach Green 382 120 Unranked last year
16 11 Cesar Hernandez 374 126 3
16 10 Tommy Joseph 374 164 -14
18 NA Shane Watson 361 -9
19 NA Kenny Giles 267 -3
20 14 Deivi Grullon 264 44 Unranked last year
21 NA Yoel Mecias 202 Unranked last year
22 NA Jan Hernandez 170 3rd Round
23 NA Jake Sweaney 157 4th Round
24 NA Cameron Perkins 145
25 16 Mitch Gueller 131 41 -8
26 NA Luis Encarnacion 130 Dominican IFA
27 NA Cameron Rupp 124 Unranked last year
28 NA Jose Pujols 123 -4
29 NA Andrew Pullin 93 0
30 NA Zach Collier 79 Unranked last year
31 NA Kevin Munson 62 Rule 5
32 NA Larry Greene Jr. 56 -20
33 NA Tyson Gillies 52 -6
34 NA Drew Anderson 43 Unranked last year
35 NA Austin Wright 42 -20
35 NA Phillippe Aumont 42 -21
37 NA Jiwan James 32 -8
38 NA Dave Buchanan 31 Unranked last year
39 NA Hoby Milner 27 -7
39 NA Samuel Hiciano 27 Unranked last year
41 NA Sebastian Valle 24 -30
42 NA Malquin Canelo 23 Unranked last year
43 NA Mitch Walding 22 -11
44 NA Trey Williams 21 7th Round
45 NA Leandro Castro 20 Unranked last year
46 NA Justin Friend 18 Unranked last year
47 NA Lewis Alezones 16 Unranked last year
48 NA Kyle Simon 14 -19
49 NA Gabriel Lino 12 -31
50 NA Herlis Rodriguez 9 Unranked last year
51 NA Anthony Hewitt 8 Unranked last year
52 NA Jiandido Tromp 7 Unranked last year
53 NA Tyler Viza 6 32nd Round
54 NA Yacksel Rios 4 Unranked last year
55 NA Mauricio Robles 3 Unranked last year
56 NA Willie Carmona 2 Unranked last year
57 NA Mark Leiter Jr. 1 22nd Round

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Graduated:

Jonathan Pettibone, #5
Cody Asche, #8
Darin Ruf, #9
Justin De Fratus, #22

Dropped off:

Julio Rodriguez, #20
Brody Colvin, #21
Lisalverto Bonilla, #22
Kevin Brady, #25
Perci Garner, #25

Visual Representation

Here is a chart of the Phillies' prospect rankings. The error bars represent the minimum and maximum rankings for each prospect.

Philliesprospects2014

It appears that clicking the above graphic makes it slightly larger

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Chris St. John is a writer at Beyond The Box Score. You can follow him on Twitter at @stealofhome.

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