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 (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.
You can also view the 2013 Boston Red Sox 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 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.
|2||5||Jackie Bradley Jr.||1098||166||0|
|8||9||Trey Ball||994||158||1st Round|
|15||NA||Teddy Stankiewicz||362||2nd Round|
|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|
|25||NA||Luis Diaz||116||Unranked last year|
|27||NA||Keury De La Cruz||101||-11|
|28||NA||Tzu-Wei Lin||99||Unranked last year|
|28||NA||Myles Smith||99||4th Round|
|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|
|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|
|44||NA||Keith Couch||44||Unranked last year|
|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|
|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
Brandon Workman, #13
Drake Britton, #14
Brock Holt, #27
Here is a chart of the Red Sox 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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