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 (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.
You can also view the 2013 Miami Marlins 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 Miami Marlins 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||2||Colin Moran||279||74||1st Round|
|6||8||Anthony DeSclafani||206||40||Unranked last year|
|11||10||Trevor Williams||113||36||2nd Round|
|13||NA||Colby Suggs||70||2nd Round|
|14||13||Nick Wittgren||48||11||Unranked last year|
|17||NA||Jarlin Garcia||22||Unranked last year|
|19||NA||Sam Dyson||18||Waivers, Blue Jays|
|18||NA||Arquimedes Caminero||21||Unranked last year|
|22||NA||K.J. Woods||9||4th Round|
|21||NA||Angel Sanchez||10||Ricky Nolasco Trade, Dodgers|
|24||NA||Austin Dean||4||Unranked last year|
|28||NA||Ryan Newell||1||Unranked last year|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Jose Fernandez, #1
Christian Yelich, #2
Marcell Ozuna, #6
Adeiny Hechavarria, #7
Rob Brantly, #10
Derek Dietrich, #14
Tom Koehler, #26
Alfredo SIlverio, #20
Noah Perio, #21
Charlie Lowell, #22
Kyle Skipworth, #28
Here is a chart of the Marlins' top prospects. The error bars represent the minimum and maximum ranking for each prospect.
It appears that clicking the above graphic makes it slightly larger
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