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.
Billy Burns was not eligible for all of the lists, since he was traded to the team in the middle of the offseason, after some lists were already created. However, he did not appear on every list where he was eligible, so I didn't change his ratings at all.
You can also view the 2013 Oakland Athletics 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 Oakland Athletics 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.
|2||2||Billy McKinney||567||193||1st Round|
|7||7||Bobby Wahl||451||141||5th Round|
|10||9||Max Muncy||380||130||Unranked last year|
|11||12||Dylan Covey||286||41||4th Round|
|14||NA||Dillon Overton||192||2nd Round|
|15||NA||Billy Burns||165||Nationals, Jerry Blevins|
|16||NA||Chris Kohler||154||3rd Round|
|17||NA||Chad Pinder||147||Comp Balance B|
|20||NA||Tanner Peters||62||Unranked last year|
|21||NA||Dustin Driver||60||7th Round|
|22||NA||Tucker Healy||59||Unranked last year|
|23||NA||Kyle Finnegan||46||6th Round|
|24||NA||Shawn Duinkerk||34||Unranked last year|
|27||NA||Ronald Herrera||30||Unranked last year|
|29||NA||Anthony Aliotti||27||Unranked last year|
|30||NA||Ryan Dull||26||Unranked last year|
|31||NA||Chris Jensen||24||Rockies, Brett Anderson Trade|
|32||NA||Murphy Smith||23||Unranked last year|
|33||NA||Sean Murphy||20||Unranked last year|
|34||NA||Seth Frankoff||19||Unranked last year|
|35||NA||Iolana Akau||18||20th Round|
|36||NA||Jake Goebbert||17||Unranked last year|
|38||NA||Ryon Healy||15||3rd Round|
|39||NA||Conner Crumbliss||14||Unranked last year|
|40||NA||Josh Bowman||13||Unranked last year|
|41||NA||Jeff Urlaub||12||Unranked last year|
|42||NA||Josh Whitaker||11||Unranked last year|
|43||NA||Sam Bragg||9||18th Round|
|44||NA||Vicmal De La Cruz||8||-31|
|46||NA||Austin House||6||Unranked last year|
|48||NA||Seth Streich||4||Unranked last year|
|49||NA||Ryan Huck||3||27th Round|
|50||NA||Justin Higley||2||13th Round|
|51||NA||Jean Carlo Rodriguez||1||Venezuelan IFA|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Michael Choice, #2 - To the Rangers in the Craig Gentry trade
Chris Bostick, #9 - To the Rangers in the Craig Gentry trade
Ian Krol, #16 - To the Nationals in the Michael Morse trade
Dave Freitas, #17 - To the Orioles in the Jim Johnson trade
Pedro Figueroa, #19
Here is a chart of the Athletics' top prospects. The error bars represent the minimum and maximum ranking for each prospect.
It appears that clicking the above graphic makes it slightly larger
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