2014 Seattle Mariners Consensus Top 26 Prospects

Taijuan Walker is the Mariners' top prospects - Bob Levey

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Mariners' 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 Seattle Mariners top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Baseball America

Baseball Instinct

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Bullpen Banter

Fangraphs

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

Lookout Landing

MLB Draft Insider

MLB Prospect Portal

Prospect Digest

Seattle Clubhouse

Top Prospect Alert

Fantasy Lists

Dynasty Sports Empire

Fake Teams

Prospect 361

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 Seattle Mariners 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 Taijuan Walker 350 75 0
2 2 D.J. Peterson 335 71 1st Round
3 3 James Paxton 314 70 2
4 5 Victor Sanchez 257 60 3
5 4 Edwin Diaz 231 64 11
6 10 Danny Hultzen 220 18 -3
6 7 Austin Wilson 220 58 2nd Round
8 13 Tyler Pike 215 16 3
9 9 Chris Taylor 213 22 Unranked last year
10 6 Luiz Gohara 196 59 3
11 8 Tyler Marlette 174 35 13
12 10 Gabriel Guerrero 125 18 2
13 NA Julio Morban 85 7
14 13 Stefen Romero 83 16 -4
15 NA Patrick Kivelhan 70 0
16 NA Ketel Marte 35 Unranked last year
16 NA Dominic Leone 35 Unranked last year
18 12 Ji-Man Choi 29 17 Unranked last year
19 NA Carson Smith 26 10
20 NA Xavier Avery 20 Michael Morse Trade, Orioles
20 13 Tyler O'Neill 20 16 3rd Round
22 NA Jabari Blash 14 7
23 NA Abe Almonte 12 Yankees, Shawn Kelley
24 NA Lars Huijer 8 Unranked last year
25 NA Timmy Lopes 6 -6
26 NA Greifer Andrade 5 Venezuelan IFA

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Graduated:

Mike Zunino, #2
Nick Franklin, #4
Brandon Maurer, #6
Brad Miller, #8
Carter Capps, #9

Traded:

Francisco Martinez, #27 - To the Tigers for cash

Retired:

Vinnie Catricala

Dropped Off:

Stephen Pryor, #12
Joe DeCarlo, #18
Leon Landry, #20
Erasmo Ramirez, #22
Martin Peguero, #23
Jack Marder, #24
Jordan Shipers, #26
Chance Ruffin, #27
Anthony Fernandez, #29
John Hicks, #32
Guillermo Pimentel, #32

Visual Representation

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

Mariners2014prospects

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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