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 (41 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.
Baseball Prospectus did not include Trevor Bauer in their rankings. However, they did rank him behind Cody Anderson on their under-25 ranks. Due to this discrepancy, I inserted him into the list at five and re-ranked the players below him.
You can also view the 2013 Cleveland Indians 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 Cleveland Indians 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.
|2||1||Clint Frazier||505||159||1st Round|
|6||10||Cody Anderson||429||68||Unranked last year|
|9||15||Dace Kime||246||32||3rd Round|
|10||8||Francisco Mejia||243||72||Dominican IFA|
|13||9||Joseph Wendle||149||70||Unranked last year|
|16||NA||Carlos Moncrief||86||Unranked last year|
|19||14||Sean Brady||69||33||5th Round|
|23||NA||Kyle Crockett||42||4th Round|
|26||NA||Erik Gonzalez||37||Unranked last year|
|27||NA||Adam Plutko||31||11th Round|
|28||NA||Enosil Tejada||27||Unranked last year|
|29||NA||Eric Haase||25||Unranked last year|
|30||NA||T.J. House||23||Unranked last year|
|31||NA||Jake Lowery||17||Unranked last year|
|33||NA||Jordan Cooper||14||Unranked last year|
|34||NA||Shawn Armstrong||13||Unranked last year|
|35||NA||Nelson Rodriguez||12||Unranked last year|
|36||NA||Roberto Perez||10||Unranked last year|
|37||NA||Trey Haley||5||Unranked last year|
|38||NA||Shawn Morimando||4||Unranked last year|
|39||NA||Jeff Johnson||3||Unranked last year|
|40||NA||Bryson Myles||2||Unranked last year|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Danny Salzar, #8
Cody Allen, #10
Yan Gomes, #34
Chris McGuiness, #26 - Returned to the Rangers
Claimed on waivers:
Mike McDade, #24 - Claimed by the White Sox
Dillon Howard, #14
Scott Barnes, #16
Alex Monsalve, #17
Elvis Araujo, #18
Jorge Martinez, #20
Giovanny Urshela, #26
D'vone McClure, #29
Felix Sterling, #29
Claudio Bautista, #31
Chun Chen, #32
Here is a chart of the Indians' 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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