2014 Cleveland Indians Consensus Top 41 Prospects

Francisco Lindor tops the Indians' list this year. - Rob Tringali

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Indians' 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 (41 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.

Baseball Prospectus did not include Trevor Bauer in their rankings. However, they did rank him behind Cody Anderson on their under-25 ranks. Due to this discrepancy, I inserted him into the list at five and re-ranked the players below him.

You can also view the 2013 Cleveland Indians top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Baseball America

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Bullpen Banter

DiaTribe

Fangraphs

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

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 Cleveland Indians 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 2 Francisco Lindor 520 157 0
2 1 Clint Frazier 505 159 1st Round
3 3 Trevor Bauer 485 150 -1
4 5 Tyler Naquin 464 134 0
5 4 Dorssys Paulino 460 145 -2
6 10 Cody Anderson 429 68 Unranked last year
7 5 Ronny Rodriguez 353 134 -1
8 10 Jose Ramirez 340 68 4
9 15 Dace Kime 246 32 3rd Round
10 8 Francisco Mejia 243 72 Dominican IFA
11 12 Tony Wolters 220 63 -2
12 NA Mitch Brown 209 -7
13 9 Joseph Wendle 149 70 Unranked last year
14 7 Jesus Aguilar 115 101 -3
15 NA Luigi Rodriguez 104 -8
16 NA Carlos Moncrief 86 Unranked last year
17 NA Anthony Santander 79 -2
18 NA LeVon Washington 78 1
19 14 Sean Brady 69 33 5th Round
20 NA Austin Adams 60 4
21 NA C.C. Lee 57 1
22 NA Kieran Lovegrove 47 -9
23 NA Kyle Crockett 42 4th Round
24 13 Dylan Baker 40 34 -3
25 NA Luis Lugo 39 -2
26 NA Erik Gonzalez 37 Unranked last year
27 NA Adam Plutko 31 11th Round
28 NA Enosil Tejada 27 Unranked last year
29 NA Eric Haase 25 Unranked last year
30 NA T.J. House 23 Unranked last year
31 NA Jake Lowery 17 Unranked last year
32 NA Jordan Smith 15 0
33 NA Jordan Cooper 14 Unranked last year
34 NA Shawn Armstrong 13 Unranked last year
35 NA Nelson Rodriguez 12 Unranked last year
36 NA Roberto Perez 10 Unranked last year
37 NA Trey Haley 5 Unranked last year
38 NA Shawn Morimando 4 Unranked last year
39 NA Jeff Johnson 3 Unranked last year
40 NA Bryson Myles 2 Unranked last year
41 NA Giovanni Soto 1 -13

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Graduated:

Danny Salzar, #8
Cody Allen, #10
Yan Gomes, #34

Rule 5:

Chris McGuiness, #26 - Returned to the Rangers

Claimed on waivers:

Mike McDade, #24 - Claimed by the White Sox

Dropped Off:

Dillon Howard, #14
Scott Barnes, #16
Alex Monsalve, #17
Elvis Araujo, #18
Jorge Martinez, #20
Giovanny Urshela, #26
D'vone McClure, #29
Felix Sterling, #29
Claudio Bautista, #31
Chun Chen, #32

Visual Representation

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

Indians2014prospects

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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