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 (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.
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.
|3||2||Mark Appel||471||118||1st Round|
|11||NA||Michael Feliz||195||Unranked last year|
|13||NA||Andrew Thurman||159||2nd Round|
|15||NA||Josh Hader||139||Bud Norris Trade, Orioles|
|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||Kent Emanuel||23||3rd Round|
|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|
|43||NA||Ronald Torreyes||1||International bonus slots, Cubs|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Here is a chart of the Astros' 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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