2014 Arizona Diamondbacks Consensus Top 36 Prospects

Archie Bradley is the Dbacks' top prospect - Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Diamondbacks' 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 Arizona Diamondbacks top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Baseball America

Baseball Instinct

Baseball Prospectus

Batting Leadoff

Bleacher Report

Fangraphs

Grading on the Curve

Inside the Zona

Keith Law (ESPN)

Minor League Ball (John Sickels)

MLB Prospect Portal

Prospect Digest

Rant

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 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.

Rank FRank Player Total FTo Change
1 1 Archie Bradley 420 120 1
2 3 Braden Shipley 402 113 1st Round
3 2 Chris Owings 394 115 4
4 4 Stryker Trahan 348 100 1
5 8 Jake Lamb 325 76 18
6 5 Aaron Blair 323 99 Comp Balance A
7 7 Brandon Drury 287 96 Justin Upton Trade, Braves
8 9 Jake Barrett 239 48 7
9 10 Justin Williams 210 46 2nd Round
10 12 Jose Martinez 206 22 17
11 6 Andrew Chafin 189 97 -2
12 12 Sergio Alcantara 184 22 Dominican IFA
13 11 Matt Stites 182 23 Ian Kennedy Trade, Padres
14 NA Zeke Spruill 100 -2
15 NA Jimmy Sherfy 65 10th Round
16 NA Daniel Gibson 58 7th Round
17 NA Daniel Palka 51 3rd Round
18 NA Felipe Perez 49 1
19 NA Jamie Westbrook 45 5th Round
20 NA Brad Keller 40 8th Round
20 NA Jose Munoz 40 -2
22 NA Matt McPhearson 35 4th Round
23 NA Jose Herrera 26 Venezuelan IFA
23 NA Michael Perez 26 -12
25 NA Andrew Barbosa 24 Unranked last year
26 NA Nick Ahmed 22 -12
27 NA Anthony Meo 16 -14
28 NA Brandon Sinnery 15 Undrafted FA
29 NA Brandon Jacobs 13 Mark Trumbo trade, White Sox
29 NA Evan Marshall 13 -10
31 NA Charles Brewer 12 -4
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

Graduated:

Didi Gregorius, #6
A.J. Pollock, #10

Traded:

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

Rule 5:

Starling Peralta, #25 - Returned to the Cubs

Dropped Off:

Alfredo Marte, #16
Chase Anderson, #17
Keon Broxton, #21
Evan Marzilli, #25
Jonathan Griffin, #27
J.R. Bradley, #30
Socrates Brito, #30

Visual Representation

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

Dbacks2014prospects

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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