2014 Toronto Blue Jays Consensus Top 43 Prospects

Aaron Sanchez and his circle change lead the way for the Blue Jays - Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Blue Jays' 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 Toronto Blue Jays top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Baseball America

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Bluebird Banter

Blue Jays from Away

Fangraphs

Grading on the Curve

Jays Journal

Keith Law (ESPN)

Minor League Ball (John SIckels)

MLB.com

MLB Draft Insider

MLB Prospect Portal

Prospect Digest

Rant

Top Prospect Alert

Vancouver Sun

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 Toronto Blue Jays 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 Aaron Sanchez 676 159 0
2 2 Marcus Stroman 666 157 2
3 4 Daniel Norris 623 138 3
4 4 D.J. Davis 567 138 -1
5 4 Sean Nolin 549 138 2
5 3 Roberto Osuna 549 147 -3
7 7 Franklin Barreto 539 111 10
8 8 Alberto Tirado 498 102 2
9 10 Mitch Nay 471 66 10
10 11 Chase DeJong 390 65 6
11 12 A.J. Jimenez 373 37 0
12 14 Dawel Lugo 302 31 12
13 14 Matt Smoral 256 31 -8
14 NA Tom Robson 252 Unranked last year
15 NA Jairo Labourt 215 Unranked last year
16 NA John Stilson 212 -8
17 13 Andy Burns 185 32 16
18 NA Dalton Pompey 180 9
19 NA Kevin Pillar 149 1
20 NA Clinton Hollon 129 2nd Round
21 NA Adonys Cardona 124 -9
22 NA Dwight Smith Jr. 115 0
23 NA Matt Dean 110 -2
24 9 Rowdy Tellez 98 68 30th Round
25 NA Jake Brentz 90 11th Round
26 NA Miguel Castro 73 Unranked last year
27 NA Richard Urena 71 Unranked last year
28 NA Santiago Nessy 53 -19
29 NA L.B. Dantzler 48 14th Round
30 NA Anthony Alford 45 -17
31 NA Deck McGuire 44 -17
32 NA Matt Boyd 39 6th Round
33 NA Christian Lopes 36 -19
34 NA Taylor Cole 22 Unranked last year
35 NA Shane Dawson 19 Unranked last year
36 NA Ryan Goins 18 -7
37 NA Jeremy Gabryszwski 10 -6
38 NA Gabriel Cena 9 Unranked last year
39 NA Yeyfry Del Rosario 6 -16
40 NA Dickie Thon 4 Unranked last year
41 NA Rob Rasmussen 3 Phillies, Brad Lincoln Trade
42 NA Brady Dragmire 2 Unranked last year
43 NA Emilio Guerrero 1 Unranked last year

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Graduated:

Chad Jenkins, #26

Dropped Off:

Tyler Gonzales, #18
Jacob Anderson, #24
Griffin Murphy, #28
Chris Hawkins, #29
Danny Barnes, #31
Javier Avendano, #33

Visual Representation

Here is a chart of the Blue Jays' top prospects. The error bars represent the minimum and maximum ranking for each prospect.

Bluejays2014prospects

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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