2014 Minnesota Twins Consensus Top 61 Prospects

Byron Buxton - baseball's overall top prospect - also tops the Twins list - Elsa

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Twins' 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.

You can also view the 2013 Minnesota Twins top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Baseball America

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Fangraphs

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

Knuckleballs

Minor League Ball (John Sickels)

MLB Draft Insider

MLB Prospect Portal

Prospect Digest

Puckett's Pond

Rant

RGV Twins Fan

Tenth Inning Stretch

Top Prospect Alert

Twinkie Town

Twins Daily

Fantasy Lists

Dynasty Sports Empire

Fake Teams

Prospect 361

Razzball

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 Minnesota Twins 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 Byron Buxton 898 200 1
2 2 Miguel Sano 882 196 -1
3 4 Alex Meyer 859 189 1
4 3 Kohl Stewart 845 191 1st Round
5 5 Eddie Rosario 830 182 2
6 6 Jose Berrios 804 179 2
7 12 Jorge Polanco 720 42 7
8 8 Lewis Thorpe 707 129 Australian IFA
9 11 Trevor May 611 82 0
10 7 Josmil Pinto 597 134 Venezuelan IFA
11 10 Max Kepler 539 84 -1
12 NA Stephen Gonsalves 436 4th Round
13 12 Travis Harrison 416 42 -2
14 NA Danny Santana 410 2
15 9 Adam Brett Walker 389 128 4
16 12 Jorge Felix 333 42 8
17 NA Ryan Eades 250 2nd Round
18 NA Kennys Vargas 212 Unranked last year
19 NA Fernando Romero 177 Unranked last year
20 NA Michael Tonkin 165 1
21 NA Stuart Turner 160 3rd Round
22 NA Niko Goodrum 152 -4
23 NA Sean Gilmartin 128 Twins, Ryan Doumit
24 NA Zack Jones 126 0
25 NA Miguel Sulbaran 120 Drew Butera trade, Dodgers
26 NA Amauris Minier 111 Unranked last year
27 NA Mason Melotakis 96 -10
28 NA D.J. Baxendale 87 Unranked last year
29 NA Taylor Rodgers 61 Unranked last year
30 NA Randy Rosario 48 Unranked last year
30 NA D.J. Hicks 48 Unranked last year
30 NA Alex Wimmers 48 1
33 NA Yorman Landa 45 Unranked last year
34 NA Luke Bard 44 -22
34 NA Brian Navarreto 44 6th Round
36 NA J.D. Williams 42 Unranked last year
37 NA Engelb Vielma 40 Unranked last year
38 NA Tyler Duffey 37 Unranked last year
39 NA Madison Boer 35 Unranked last year
40 NA Brian Gilbert 31 7th Round
41 NA Alexis Tapia 30 Unranked last year
42 NA Matthew Kock 29 Unranked last year
43 NA Jose Abreu 28 Unranked last year
44 NA Tyler Jones 27 Unranked last year
45 NA J.T. Chargois 26 -31
46 NA Adrian Salcedo 24 -25
47 NA Josh Burris 22 Unranked last year
48 NA Logan Darnell 20 Unranked last year
49 NA Zach Larson 19 Unranked last year
49 NA Deibinson Romero 19 Unranked last year
51 NA Brett Lee 18 Unranked last year
51 NA Miguel Gonzalez 18 Unranked last year
53 NA Logan Wade 14 Unranked last year
54 NA Tyler Grimes 13 Unranked last year
55 NA Matt Summers 11 Unranked last year
56 NA Daniel Ortiz 9 Unranked last year
57 NA A.J. Achter 7 Unranked last year
58 NA Josue Montanez 5 Unranked last year
59 NA Aaron Slegers 3 5th Round
60 NA Levi Michael 2 -40
61 NA Ryan Walker 1 18th Round

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Graduated:

Oswaldo Arcia, #3
Aaron Hicks, #5
Kyle Gibson, #6
Chris Herrmann, #24
Ryan Pressly, #29

Dropped off:

Joe Benson, #13
Romy Jimenez, #23
Hudson Boyd, #24
Corey Williams, #28
Angel Mata, #30
Nate Roberts, #31

Visual Representation

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

Twins2014prospects

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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