2014 San Francisco Giants Consensus Top 72 Prospects

Kyle Crick is one of very few bright spots in the Giants' system - USA TODAY Sports

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Giants' 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 (61 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 San Francisco Giants top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

Baseball America

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Call to the Pen

Fangraphs

Giants Baseball Blog

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

Minor League Ball (John Sickels)

MLB Draft Insider

MLB Prospect Portal

Not Another Baseball Blog

Prospect Digest

Rant

Top Prospect Alert

When the Giants Come to Town

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 San Francisco Giants 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 Change
1 1 Kyle Crick -
2 4 Edwin Escobar 13
3 9 Adalberto Mejia 10
4 2 Clayton Blackburn -
5 11 Christian Arroyo 1st Round
6 7 Andrew Susac 3
7 3 Chris Stratton -4
8 5 Mac Williamson 3
9 8 Ty Blach 19
10 10 Heath Hembree -4
11 6 Martin Agosta -1
12 NA Joan Gregorio 13
13 12 Gary Brown -11
14 NA Kendry Flores Unranked last year
15 NA Joe Panik -10
16 NA Keury Mella Unranked last year
17 NA Derek Law Unranked last year
18 NA Ryder Jones 2nd Round
19 NA Adam Duvall -
20 NA Josh Osich -6
21 NA Mike Kickham -14
22 NA Chase Johnson 3rd Round
22 NA Angel Villalona Unranked last year
24 NA Ehire Adrianza -1
25 NA Johneshwy Fargas 11th Round
26 NA Stephen Johnson Unranked last year
26 NA Ian Gardeck Unranked last year
28 NA Jesus Galindo Unranked last year
29 NA Jarrett Parker Unranked last year
30 NA Matt Duffy Unranked last year
31 NA Ricky Oropesa -12
32 NA Charles Jones Unranked last year
33 NA Jake Dunning Unranked last year
34 NA Nick Noonan Unranked last year
35 NA Steven Okert -14
35 NA Shilo McCall Unranked last year
37 NA Mason McVay Unranked last year
38 NA Cody Hall Unranked last year
39 NA Gustavo Cabrera -17
40 NA Mitch Delfino Unranked last year
40 NA Alberto Robles Unranked last year
42 NA Bryce Bandilla -18
43 NA Brian Ragira 4th Round
43 NA Jeff Arnold Unranked last year
45 NA Jacob Dunnington Unranked last year
46 NA Tyler Horan 8th Round
46 NA Phil McCormick Unranked last year
48 NA Carter Jurica Unranked last year
49 NA Blake Miller 25th Round
50 NA Brandon Bednar 7th Round
50 NA Chris Johnson Unranked last year
52 NA Joe Kurrasch Unranked last year
53 NA Jeremy Sy Unranked last year
54 NA Dan Slania 5th Round
54 NA Tyler Hollick Unranked last year
56 NA Pat Young 13th Round
57 NA Luis Ysla Venezuelan IFA
58 NA D.J. Snelton 9th Round
59 NA Reymi Rodriguez Dominican IFA
59 NA Carlos Diaz Unranked last year
61 NA Jonah Arenado 16th Round
61 NA Rando Moreno Unranked last year
63 NA John Riley 31st Round
63 NA Ydwin Villegas Unranked last year
65 NA Dylan Brooks 30th Round
65 NA Brett Bochy Unranked last year
67 NA Jose Valdez Unranked last year
68 NA Randy Ortiz Unranked last year
69 NA Tyler Mizenko Unranked last year
70 NA Juan Perez Unranked last year
71 NA Roger Kieschnick -54
72 NA Chris Gloor Unranked last year

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Claimed off waivers:

Eric Surkamp, #12 - Claimed by the White Sox

Non-Tendered:

Francisco Peguero, #8

Dropped off:

Chris Heston, #16
Stephen Johnson, #18
E.J. Encinosa, #25
Nathaniel Javier, #25
Juan Perez, #29

Visual Representation

Here is a chart of the Giants' prospect rankings. The error bars represent the minimum and maximum rankings 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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