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 (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.
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.
|4||6||Jason Hursh||389||98||1st Round|
|7||7||Tommy La Stella||344||79||3|
|8||8||Victor Caratini||284||47||2nd Round|
|11||11||Wes Parsons||175||43||Undrafted Free Agent|
|13||11||Victor Reyes||135||43||Unranked last year|
|15||NA||Johan Camargo||103||Unranked last year|
|16||NA||Shae Simmons||100||Unranked last year|
|18||NA||Kyle Wren||82||8th Round|
|19||NA||Carlos Salazar||81||3rd Round|
|20||NA||Ian Thomas||77||Indy Leagues|
|24||NA||Carlos Perez||26||Unranked last year|
|26||NA||Alec Grosser||23||11th Round|
|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|
|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
Navery Moore, #17
William Beckwith, #22
Carlos Franco, #24
David Peterson, #25
Yeral Torres, #27
Here is a chart of the Braves' 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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