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 Arizona Diamondbacks 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 Arizona Diamondbacks 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||3||Braden Shipley||402||113||1st Round|
|6||5||Aaron Blair||323||99||Comp Balance A|
|7||7||Brandon Drury||287||96||Justin Upton Trade, Braves|
|9||10||Justin Williams||210||46||2nd Round|
|12||12||Sergio Alcantara||184||22||Dominican IFA|
|13||11||Matt Stites||182||23||Ian Kennedy Trade, Padres|
|15||NA||Jimmy Sherfy||65||10th Round|
|16||NA||Daniel Gibson||58||7th Round|
|17||NA||Daniel Palka||51||3rd Round|
|19||NA||Jamie Westbrook||45||5th Round|
|20||NA||Brad Keller||40||8th Round|
|22||NA||Matt McPhearson||35||4th Round|
|23||NA||Jose Herrera||26||Venezuelan IFA|
|25||NA||Andrew Barbosa||24||Unranked last year|
|28||NA||Brandon Sinnery||15||Undrafted FA|
|29||NA||Brandon Jacobs||13||Mark Trumbo trade, White Sox|
|31||NA||Ender Inciarte||12||Unranked last year|
|33||NA||Andrew Velazquez||11||Unranked last year|
|34||NA||Chuck Taylor||10||Unranked last year|
|35||NA||Gerson Montilla||7||Unranked last year|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Didi Gregorius, #6
A.J. Pollock, #10
Tyler Skaggs, #1 - To the Angels in the Mark Trumbo trade
Matt Davidson, #3 - To the White Sox in the Addison Reed trade
Adam Eaton, #4 - To the White Sox in the Mark Trumbo trade
David Holmberg, #8 - To the Reds in the Heath Bell trade
Yordy Cabrera, #21 - To the Marlins in the Heath Bell trade
Ryan Wheeler, #23 - To the Rockies for Matt Reynolds
Starling Peralta, #25 - Returned to the Cubs
Here is a chart of the Diamondbacks' 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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