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 (36 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 Colorado Rockies 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 Colorado Rockies 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.
|1||1||Jonathan Gray||454||140||1st Round|
|9||10||Ryan McMahon||340||84||2nd Round|
|10||8||Raimel Tapia||315||88||Unranked last year|
|14||NA||Alex Balog||59||Comp B|
|15||NA||Antonio Senzatela||57||Unranked last year|
|16||NA||Ryan Casteel||54||Unranked last year|
|22||NA||Terry McClure||33||8th Round|
|23||NA||Raul Fernandez||24||Unranked last year|
|24||NA||Jose Briceno||22||Unranked last year|
|26||NA||Sam Moll||19||3rd Round|
|26||NA||Emerson Jimenez||19||Unranked last year|
|28||NA||Dom Nunez||17||6th Round|
|29||NA||Pat Valaika||15||9th Round|
|30||NA||Taylor Featherston||14||Unranked last year|
|31||12||Jordan Patterson||13||26||4th Round|
|33||NA||Max White||11||Unranked last year|
|34||NA||Christian Bergman||10||Unranked last year|
|35||NA||Carlos Herrera||4||Venezuelan IFA|
|36||NA||Scott Oberg||3||Unranked last year|
|37||NA||Joel Payamps||2||Unranked last year|
|38||NA||Erick Julio||1||Colombian IFA|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Nolan Arenado, #3
Ryan Wheeler, #15
Corey Dickerson, #16
Charlie Culberson, #20
Rob Scahill, #23
Peter Tago, #17
Joe Gardner, #19
Danny Rosenbaum, #24
Placed on waivers:
Edwar Cabrera, #12 - Claimed by the Rangers
Rafael Ortega, #14 - Claimed by the Rangers
Here is a chart of the Rockies' prospect rankings. The error bars represent the minimum and maximum rankings for each prospect.
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.