Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
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.
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.
|4||3||Kohl Stewart||845||191||1st Round|
|8||8||Lewis Thorpe||707||129||Australian IFA|
|10||7||Josmil Pinto||597||134||Venezuelan IFA|
|12||NA||Stephen Gonsalves||436||4th Round|
|15||9||Adam Brett Walker||389||128||4|
|17||NA||Ryan Eades||250||2nd Round|
|18||NA||Kennys Vargas||212||Unranked last year|
|19||NA||Fernando Romero||177||Unranked last year|
|21||NA||Stuart Turner||160||3rd Round|
|23||NA||Sean Gilmartin||128||Twins, Ryan Doumit|
|25||NA||Miguel Sulbaran||120||Drew Butera trade, Dodgers|
|26||NA||Amauris Minier||111||Unranked last year|
|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|
|33||NA||Yorman Landa||45||Unranked last year|
|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|
|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|
|61||NA||Ryan Walker||1||18th Round|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Joe Benson, #13
Romy Jimenez, #23
Hudson Boyd, #24
Corey Williams, #28
Angel Mata, #30
Nate Roberts, #31
Here is a chart of the Twins' prospect rankings. The error bars represent the minimum and maximum rankings for each prospect.
It appears that clicking the above graphic makes it slightly larger
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