2014 Oakland Athletics Consensus Top 51 Prospects

Addison Russell is the Athletics' undisputed top prospect - Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Athletics' 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.

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.

Sources

Regular Lists

Athletics Nation

Baseball America

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Fangraphs

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

MLB Prospect Portal

Oakland Clubhouse

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 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.

Rank FRank Player Total FTo Change
1 1 Addison Russell 600 200 0
2 2 Billy McKinney 567 193 1st Round
3 4 Raul Alcantara 555 187 7
4 6 Daniel Robertson 513 173 1
5 5 Michael Ynoa 501 184 10
6 11 Nolan Sanburn 462 42 2
7 3 Renato Nunez 451 188 -1
7 7 Bobby Wahl 451 141 5th Round
9 8 Matt Olson 395 132 -2
10 9 Max Muncy 380 130 Unranked last year
11 12 Dylan Covey 286 41 4th Round
12 10 B.J. Boyd 242 43 0
13 NA Miles Head 232 -9
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
18 NA Bruce Maxwell 74 4
19 NA Arnold Leon 70 0
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
25 NA Drew Granier 33 -1
26 NA Blake Hassebrock 31 0
27 NA Ronald Herrera 30 Unranked last year
28 NA Bobby Crocker 29 -11
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
37 NA Shane Peterson 16 -15
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
45 NA B.A. Vollmuth 7 -29
46 NA Austin House 6 Unranked last year
47 NA Aaron Shipman 5 -26
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

Graduated:

Dan Straily, #2
Grant Green, #3
Sonny Gray, #4

Traded:

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

Released:

Pedro Figueroa, #19

Dropped Off:

Michael Taylor, #11
Beau Taylor, #24
Jefry Marte, #27

Visual Representation

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

Athletics2014prospects

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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