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 Baltimore Orioles 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 Baltimore Orioles 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||3||Hunter Harvey||307||74||1st Round|
|8||14||Chance Sisco||163||22||2nd Round|
|11||10||Josh Hart||122||27||1st Round|
|17||16||Stephen Tarpley||45||10||3rd Round|
|18||NA||Dariel Alvarez||33||Cuban IFA|
|19||NA||Francisco Peguero||29||Free agent|
|20||NA||Caleb Joseph||22||Unranked last year|
|21||NA||Trey Mancini||13||8th Round|
|22||NA||Steven Brault||8||11th Round|
|23||NA||Conor Bierfeldt||7||29th Round|
|25||NA||Michael Almanzar||4||Rule 5, Red Sox|
|25||NA||Drew Dosch||4||7th Round|
|25||NA||Travis Seabrooke||4||5th Round|
|30||NA||Ofelky Peralta||2||Unranked last year|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Steve Johnson, #16
Nicky Delmonico, #5 - To the Brewers for Francisco Rodriguez
L.J. Hoes, #6 - To the Astros in the Bud Norris trade
Xavier Avery, #9 - To the Mariners for Mike Morse
Josh Hader, #15 - To the Astros in the Bud Norris trade
Devin Jones, #25 - To the Padres for Brad Brach
Ty Kelly, #26 - To the Mariners for Eric Thames
Tyler Townsend, #32
Here is a chart of the Orioles' 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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