2014 Houston Astros Consensus Top 43 Prospects

Carlos Correa is the Astros' top prospect - Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Astros' 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 (32 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 Houston Astros top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Astros Hardball

Baseball America

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Bullpen Banter

Crawfish Boxes

Crawfish Boxes (Reader)

Fangraphs

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

Minor League Ball (John Sickels)

MLB.com

MLB Draft Insider

MLB Prospect Portal

Prospect Digest

Rant

Top Prospect Alert

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 Houston Astros 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 Carlos Correa 494 124 0
2 2 George Springer 472 118 1
3 2 Mark Appel 471 118 1st Round
4 4 Jonathan Singleton 434 111 -2
5 5 Mike Foltynewicz 433 109 2
6 6 Lance McCullers 418 98 0
7 9 Domingo Santana 382 95 1
8 8 Vincent Velasquez 364 97 7
9 6 Delino DeShields 352 98 -5
10 10 Rio Ruiz 287 70 -1
11 NA Michael Feliz 195 Unranked last year
12 NA Asher Wojciechowski 177 4
13 NA Andrew Thurman 159 2nd Round
14 NA Nolan Fontana 140 0
15 NA Josh Hader 139 Bud Norris Trade, Orioles
16 NA Max Stassi 138 7
17 NA Teoscar Hernandez 135 7
18 NA Nick Tropeano 108 -7
19 NA Kyle Smith 82 Justin Maxwell Trade, Royals
20 NA Danry Vasquez 73 Jose Veras Trade, Tigers
21 NA Preston Tucker 54 Unranked last year
22 NA Andrew Aplin 34 Unranked last year
23 NA Aaron West 28 Unranked last year
24 11 Japhet Amador 24 22 Mexican IFA
25 NA Carlos Perez 23 -7
25 NA Kent Emanuel 23 3rd Round
27 NA Brady Rodgers 20 -1
28 NA Tyler Heineman 17 Unranked last year
29 NA Tony Kemp 16 5th Round
30 NA Kevin Chapman 15 Unranked last year
31 NA Leo Heras 14 Mexican IFA
32 NA Luis Cruz 13 Unranked last year
33 NA Jake Buchanan 11 Unranked last year
34 NA Chris Lee 8 Unranked last year
34 NA M.P. Cokinos 8 Unranked last year
36 NA Gonzalo Sanudo 6 Mike Kvasnicka Trade, Twins
37 NA Jandel Gustave 5 Unranked last year
37 NA Chia-jen Lo 5 Unranked last year
39 NA Reymin Guduan 4 Unranked last year
40 NA Jonathan Meyer 3 Unranked last year
41 NA Brett Phillips 2 Unranked last year
41 NA Adrian Houser 2 -24
43 NA Ronald Torreyes 1 International bonus slots, Cubs

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Graduated:

Jarred Cosart, #5
Jonathan Villar, #10
Brad Peacock, #11
Robbie Grossman, #13
Marc Krauss, #19
Paul Clemens, #27

Dropped off:

Joe Musgrove, #19
Ariel Ovando, #19
Kevin Comer, #21
Colton Cain, #24
Rob Rasmussen, #26
Bobby Borchering, #28

Visual Representation

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

Astros2014prospects

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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