2014 Baltimore Orioles Consensus Top 30 Prospects

Kevin Gausman is the Orioles' top prospect this year - Tom Szczerbowski

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Orioles' 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 Baltimore Orioles top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Baltimore Sports Report

Baseball America

Baseball Instinct

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Camden Depot

Fangraphs

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

Minor League Ball (John Sickels)

MLB.com

MLB Draft Insider

MLB Prospect Portal

NatsGM

Prospect Digest

Rant

Top Prospect Alert

Fantasy Lists

Baseball HQ

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 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.

Rank FRank Player Total FTo Change
1 2 Kevin Gausman 350 81 1
2 1 Dylan Bundy 347 83 -1
3 5 Eduardo Rodriguez 312 68 1
4 3 Hunter Harvey 307 74 1st Round
5 4 Jonathan Schoop 294 71 -2
6 6 Mike Wright 258 61 4
7 9 Tim Berry 195 28 6
8 14 Chance Sisco 163 22 2nd Round
9 8 Michael Ohlman 159 38 20
10 13 Zach Davies 128 24 7
11 10 Josh Hart 122 27 1st Round
12 7 Henry Urrutia 119 44 17
13 10 Branden Kline 74 27 -6
14 17 Adrian Marin 72 8 -6
15 12 Christian Walker 63 26 -1
16 15 Parker Bridwell 48 13 -4
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
24 NA Lex Rutledge 6 -2
25 NA Michael Almanzar 4 Rule 5, Red Sox
25 NA Drew Dosch 4 7th Round
25 NA Travis Seabrooke 4 5th Round
28 NA Tyler Wilson 3 -1
28 NA Mike Belfiore 3 -8
30 NA Ofelky Peralta 2 Unranked last year
30 NA Clay Schrader 2 -10

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Graduated:

Steve Johnson, #16

Traded:

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

Retired:

Tyler Townsend, #32

Dropped Off:

Glynn Davis, #11
Torsten Boss, #18
Jason Esposito, #19
Hector Veloz, #22
Brady Wager, #22
Bobby Bundy, #28
Brenden Webb, #31

Visual Representation

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

Orioles2014prospects

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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