2014 Milwaukee Brewers Consensus Top 36 Prospects

Jimmy Nelson (pictured) and Tyrone Taylor are the Brewers' top prospects - Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Brewers' 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 Milwaukee Brewers top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Baseball America

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Brewcrew Ball

Brewers Farm Report

Bullpen Banter

Fangraphs

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

Miller Park Prospects

Minor League Ball (John Sickels)

MLB Prospect Portal

Prospect Digest

Rant

Reviewing the Brew

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 Milwaukee Brewers 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 FTot Change
1 2 Tyrone Taylor 466 115 11
1 1 Jimmy Nelson 466 119 5
3 3 Victor Roache 416 105 6
4 3 Devin Williams 395 105 2nd Round
5 5 Orlando Arcia 376 102 10
6 6 Mitch Haniger 361 91 4
7 7 Johnny Hellweg 348 75 -3
8 9 Taylor Jungmann 327 66 -5
9 11 Nick Delmonico 287 47 Orioles, Francisco Rodriguez Trade
10 8 Hunter Morris 259 74 -4
11 10 Clint Coulter 219 48 -6
11 12 David Goforth 219 28 16
13 NA Tucker Neuhaus 184 Comp B Draft
14 13 Ariel Pena 106 24 -1
15 NA Michael Reed 82 Unranked last year
15 NA Jason Rogers 82 Unranked last year
17 NA Taylor Williams 63 4th Round
18 NA Barrett Astin 56 3rd Round
19 NA Jed Bradley 55 -8
20 NA Damien Magnifico 54 2
21 NA Yadiel Rivera 52 Unranked last year
22 NA Tyler Wagner 42 Unranked last year
23 NA David Denson 37 15th Round
24 NA Michael Blazek 34 John Axford Trade, Cardinals
25 NA Michael Ratterree 25 10th Round
26 NA Jorge Lopez 23 -12
27 NA Gian Rizzo 21 Unranked last year
28 NA D'Vontrey Richardson 16 Unranked last year
28 NA Brent Suter 16 Unranked last year
30 NA Andy Hills 14 11th Round
31 NA Clint Terry 12 18th Round
31 NA Drew Gagnon 12 -14
33 NA Garrett Cooper 10 6th Round
34 NA Brooks Hall 9 Unranked last year
34 NA Hiram Burgos 9 -13
36 NA Tyler Cravy 7 Unranked last year
NA 14 Yirver Gilbert Lara 21 Dominican IFA

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Graduated:

Wily Peralta, #1
Tyler Thornburg, #2
Scooter Gennett, #8
Logan Schafer, #18
Khris Davis, #19
Jim Henderson, #20
Caleb Gindl, #22

Outrighted:

Mark Rogers, #16

Dropped Off:

Kentrail Davis, #22
Cody Scarpetta, #25
Kyle Heckathorn, #26
Cameron Garfield, #28

Visual Representation

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

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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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