2014 Atlanta Braves Consensus Top 37 Prospects

Christian Bethancourt is the Braves' number two prospect this year - Rob Foldy

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Braves' 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 (31 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 Atlanta Braves top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Baseball America

Baseball Instinct

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Fangraphs

Gondeee

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

Minor League Ball (John Sickels)

MLB.com

MLB Prospect Portal

Prospect Digest

Rant

Talking Chop

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 Atlanta Braves 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 Lucas Sims 450 120 2
2 3 Christian Bethancourt 423 107 2
3 2 J.R. Graham 405 114 -1
4 6 Jason Hursh 389 98 1st Round
5 4 Mauricio Cabrera 381 106 1
6 4 Jose Peraza 363 106 2
7 7 Tommy La Stella 344 79 3
8 8 Victor Caratini 284 47 2nd Round
9 8 Cody Martin 236 47 4
10 NA David Hale 194 15
11 11 Wes Parsons 175 43 Undrafted Free Agent
12 NA Aaron Northcraft 154 4
13 11 Victor Reyes 135 43 Unranked last year
14 13 Josh Elander 105 22 5
15 NA Johan Camargo 103 Unranked last year
16 NA Shae Simmons 100 Unranked last year
17 10 Edward Salcedo 94 46 -7
18 NA Kyle Wren 82 8th Round
19 NA Carlos Salazar 81 3rd Round
20 NA Ian Thomas 77 Indy Leagues
21 NA Kyle Kubitza 71 2
22 NA Todd Cunningham 70 -4
23 NA Luis Merejo 32 -11
24 NA Carlos Perez 26 Unranked last year
25 NA Juan Jaime 24 -6
26 NA Alec Grosser 23 11th Round
27 NA Matt Lipka 22 -13
28 NA Andry Ubiera 17 0
29 NA Ryan Buchter 16 Unranked last year
30 14 Robby Hefflinger 14 21 Unranked last year
31 NA Gus Schlosser 13 Unranked last year
32 NA Mark Lamm 10 Unranked last year
33 NA Ronan Pacheco 9 Unranked last year
34 NA John Cornely 7 -15
35 NA Bryan De La Rosa 6 Unranked last year
36 NA Wilson Rivera 2 Unranked last year
37 NA Eric Pfisterer 1 Unranked last year

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Graduated:

Julio Teheran, #1
Alex Wood, #7
Evan Gattis, #9
Joey Terdoslavich, #15

Traded:

Sean Gilmartin, #5 - To the Twins in the Ryan Doumit trade

Dropped Off:

Navery Moore, #17
William Beckwith, #22
Carlos Franco, #24
David Peterson, #25
Yeral Torres, #27

Visual Representation

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

Braves2014prospects

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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