2014 New York Yankees Consensus Top 58 Prospects

Gary Sanchez is the Yankees' real top prospect. - Elsa

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Yankees' 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 (51 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.

Also, not many sites ranked Masahiro Tanaka as a prospect, for very good reasons. But, some did and some people may be interested in where he fits in reference to the Yankees' minor league players. Of the three sites that did rank him, each put him as number one. So in the consensus list, I gave him a ranking of number one in each of the lists that did not rank him, but left the other rankings the same.

You can also view the 2013 New York Yankees top prospect list.

Sources

Regular Lists

An A-Blog for A-Rod

Baseball America

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report

Bronx Baseball Daily

Bronx Empire

Fangraphs

Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

MLB Draft Insider

MLB Prospect Portal

Pinstripe Alley

Pinstripe Pundits

Prospect Digest

Rant

River Ave Blues

Top Prospect Alert

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 New York Yankees 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 Masariho Tanaka 850 200 Japanese signing
2 2 Gary Sanchez 848 198 -1
3 4 Mason Williams 794 184 -1
4 5 Slade Heathcott 748 183 -
5 8 Tyler Austin 741 138 -2
6 3 Eric Jagielo 678 190 1st Round
7 NA Ian Clarkin 638 0 1st Round
8 12 J.R. Murphy 606 86 7
9 9 Greg Bird 602 131 13
10 6 Aaron Judge 595 180 1st Round
11 13 Jose Ramirez 536 44 -1
12 7 Rafael De Paula 475 173 -
13 11 Manny Banuelos 431 124 -5
14 NA Luis Severino 399 0 Unranked last year
15 NA Jose Campos 394 0 -10
16 NA Ty Hensley 369 0 -9
17 10 Gosuke Katoh 335 129 2nd Round
18 NA Abiatal Avelino 245 0 Unranked last year
19 NA Mark Montgomery 226 0 -10
20 NA Luis Torrens 224 0 4
21 NA Nik Turley 193 0 -6
22 NA Peter O'Brien 192 0 Unranked last year
23 NA Bryan Mitchell 174 0 -9
24 NA Miguel Andujar 155 0 Unranked last year
25 NA Ramon Flores 121 0 -8
26 NA Robert Refsnyder 107 0 Unranked last year
27 NA Shane Greene 91 0 Unranked last year
28 NA Angelo Gumbs 69 0 -22
29 NA Gabe Encinas 53 0 Unranked last year
30 NA Dellin Betances 52 0 -6
30 NA Vidal Nuno 52 0 Unranked last year
32 NA Ben Gamel 48 0 Unranked last year
33 NA Tyler Wade 44 0 4th Round
34 NA Dante Bichette Jr. 40 0 -21
35 NA Jordan Cote 36 0 -9
36 NA Rookie Davis 34 0 Unranked last year
37 NA Cito Culver 27 0 Unranked last year
38 NA Corban Joseph 26 0 -11
39 NA Dan Camarena 25 0 Unranked last year
40 NA Tyler Webb 24 0 10th Round
41 NA Cesar Cabral 22 0 Unranked last year
41 NA Chase Whitley 22 0 Unranked last year
41 NA Brady Lail 22 0 Unranked last year
44 NA Cesar Vargas 18 0 Unranked last year
45 NA Rony Bautista 15 0 Unranked last year
46 NA Matt Tracy 14 0 Unranked last year
47 NA Giovanny Gallegos 13 0 Unranked last year
48 NA Joey Maher 12 0 Unranked last year
49 NA Angel Rincon 10 0 Unranked last year
50 NA Nick Goody 9 0 -22
51 NA Dallas Martinez 8 0 Unranked last year
52 NA James Pazos 7 0 Unranked last year
53 NA Thairo Estrada 6 0 Unranked last year
54 NA Caleb Smith 5 0 14th Round
55 NA Danny Burawa 4 0 Unranked last year
56 NA Jake Cave 3 0 Unranked last year
57 NA Kendall Coleman 2 0 11th Round
58 NA Fred Lewis 1 0 Unranked last year

2013 prospects not on 2014 list

Graduated:

Austin Romine, #19
Adam Warren, #20
Zoilo Almonte, #21
David Adams, #23

Traded:

Corey Black, #18 - To the Cubs for Alfonso Soriano

Rule 5:

Ravel Santana, #28 - To the Astros
Tom Kahnle, #30 - To the Rockies

Dropped off:

Brett Marshall, #11

Visual Representation

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

Yankeesprospects2014

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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