2014 San Diego Padres Consensus Top 40 Prospects

Austin Hedges remains the Padres' top prospect - USA TODAY Sports

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Padres' 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.

Jesse Hahn was traded to the team very late into the off-season after most lists were already out. I gave him an eight ranking on all the lists that missed him, which was the average of his ranking for the two lists on which he appeared.

You can also view the 2013 San Diego Padres top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Baseball America

Baseball Instinct

Baseball Prospectus

Batting Leadoff

Bleacher Report

Bullpen Banter

Fangraphs

Friars On Base

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

MLB Prospect Portal

Prospect Digest

Rant

Top Prospect Alert

Fantasy Lists

Baseball HQ

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 San Diego Padres 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 3 Austin Hedges 411 136 0
2 2 Matt Wisler 401 143 5
3 1 Max Fried 397 146 -1
4 3 Hunter Renfroe 370 136 1st Round
5 6 Casey Kelly 355 125 0
6 5 Rymer Liriano 333 128 -2
7 7 Jesse Hahn 322 115 Rays, Logan Forsythe trade
8 8 Jace Peterson 292 110 7
9 10 Keyvius Sampson 261 92 4
10 11 Burch Smith 243 68 13
11 9 Joe Ross 229 93 -3
12 12 Zach Eflin 168 45 0
13 15 Reymond Fuentes 118 21 14
14 18 Cory Spangenberg 93 17 -5
15 13 Dustin Peterson 90 27 2nd Round
16 14 Alex Dickerson 89 25 Pirates, Jaff Decker trade
17 16 Walker Weickel 88 19 -6
18 NA Franchy Cordero 67 Unranked last year
19 NA Travis Jankowski 63 -2
20 NA Gabriel Quintana 49 Unranked last year
21 NA Franmil Reyes 47 Unranked last year
22 NA Adys Portillo 46 -12
23 NA Yeison Asencio 44 Unranked last year
24 17 Joe Wieland 42 18 -10
25 NA Jordan Paroubeck 32 2nd Round
26 NA Juan Oramas 31 Unranked last year
27 NA Andy Lockett 22 Unranked last year
28 NA Donn Roach 19 -12
29 NA Josh VanMeter 17 5th Round
30 NA Mallex Smith 15 Unranked last year
31 NA Carlos Belen 13 -7
32 NA Corey Adamson 11 Unranked last year
33 NA Leonel Campos 10 Unranked last year
34 NA Ruben Mejia 8 Unranked last year
34 NA Tommy Medica 8 Unranked last year
36 NA Jeremy Baltz 7 -7
37 NA Alberth Martinez 5 Unranked last year
38 NA Kevin Quackenbush 4 -13
39 NA Jose Urena 2 Unranked last year
40 NA John Barbato 1 -18

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Graduated:

Jedd Gyorko, #3
Robbie Erlin, #6

Traded:

Brad Boxberger, #20 - To the Rays in the Logan Forsythe trade
Matt Andriese, #21 - To the Rays in the Logan Forsythe trade
Matt Stites, #27 - To the Diamondbacks in the Ian Kennedy trade

Released:

James Darnell, #18
Edinson Rincon, #25

Dropped Off:

Fernando Perez, #19

Visual Representation

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

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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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