2014 Boston Red Sox Consensus Top 60 Prospects

Xander Bogaerts' smooth swing leads the Red Sox list - Jim Rogash

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Boston Red Sox 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 (61 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.

I removed Brandon Workman and Drake Britton from the few lists that ranked them as they have technically lost their rookie status.

You can also view the 2013 Boston Red Sox top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Baseball America

Baseball Instinct

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Fangraphs

Fire Brand of the American League

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

Minor League Ball (John Sickels)

MLB.com

MLB Draft Insider

MLB Prospect Portal

Over the Monster

Prospect Digest

Rant

Red Sox Maineiacs

Sox Prospects

Sporting News

Top Prospect Alert

Fantasy Lists

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 Boston Red Sox 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 Xander Bogaerts 1140 180 0
2 2 Henry Owens 1098 174 4
2 5 Jackie Bradley Jr. 1098 166 0
4 3 Garin Cecchini 1077 172 1
5 7 Matt Barnes 1042 164 -2
6 6 Blake Swihart 1040 165 1
7 8 Allen Webster 1037 160 -3
8 9 Trey Ball 994 158 1st Round
9 4 Mookie Betts 971 167 14
10 10 Anthony Ranaudo 784 106 7
11 NA Christian Vazquez 553 14
12 NA Manuel Margot 491 8
13 NA Deven Marrero 467 -4
14 NA Bryce Brentz 425 -6
15 NA Teddy Stankiewicz 362 2nd Round
16 NA Brian Johnson 324 -4
17 NA Rafael Devers 222 IFA
18 NA Ty Buttrey 214 -3
19 NA Jamie Callahan 210 Unranked last year
20 11 Jon Denney 196 53 3rd Round
21 NA Wendell Rijo 173 Unranked last year
22 NA Simon Mercedes 134 Unranked last year
23 NA Alex Hassan 129 Unranked last year
24 NA Sean Coyle 124 -3
25 NA Luis Diaz 116 Unranked last year
26 NA Cody Kukuk 102 -4
27 NA Keury De La Cruz 101 -11
28 NA Tzu-Wei Lin 99 Unranked last year
28 NA Myles Smith 99 4th Round
30 NA Daniel McGrath 88 IFA
31 NA Alex Wilson 75 Unranked last year
32 NA Dalier Hinojosa 74 Cuban IFA
33 NA Noe Ramirez 66 Unranked last year
34 NA Dan Butler 65 Unranked last year
35 NA Travis Shaw 64 -7
36 NA Joe Gunkel 62 18th Round
37 NA Corey Littrell 54 5th Round
37 NA Steven Wright 54 Unranked last year
39 NA Dedgar Jimenez 53 Unranked last year
40 NA Henry Ramos 49 Unranked last year
41 NA Nick Longhi 46 30th Round
41 NA David Chester 46 Unranked last year
43 NA Sergio Gomez 45 -14
44 NA Keith Couch 44 Unranked last year
45 NA Pat Light 43 -27
46 NA Mickey Pena 34 Unranked last year
47 NA Matthew Price 20 Unranked last year
47 NA Heiker Meneses 20 Unranked last year
49 NA Heri Quevedo 19 Unranked last year
50 NA Kyle Martin 18 9th Round
50 NA Victor Acosta 18 Unranked last year
52 NA Kolbrin Vitek 16 -27
53 NA Jose Vinicio 15 -34
54 NA Miguel Celestino 14 Unranked last year
55 NA Kyle Stroup 11 Unranked last year
56 NA Justin Haley 10 Unranked last year
57 NA Jonathan Aro 9 Unranked last year
58 NA Bryan Hudson 8 15th Round
59 NA Dioscar Romero 7 Unranked last year
60 NA Jose Almonte 6 Unranked last year

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Graduated:

Brandon Workman, #13
Drake Britton, #14

Traded:

Jose Iglesias, #10 - To the Tigers in the Jake Peavy trade
Brandon Jacobs, #11 - To the White Sox in the Matt Thornton trade
Frank Montas, #23 - To the White Sox in the Jake Peavy trade

Dropped Off:

Brock Holt, #27

Visual Representation

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

Redsox2014prospects

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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