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 (21 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 Pittsburgh Pirates 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 Pittsburgh Pirates 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.
|4||5||Austin Meadows||237||64||1st Round|
|8||8||Reese McGuire||189||53||1st Round|
|10||9||Harold Ramirez||114||36||Unranked last year|
|15||NA||JaCoby Jones||31||3rd Round|
|16||12||Michael De La Cruz||23||11||Unranked last year|
|17||NA||Blake Taylor||16||2nd Round|
|19||NA||Jaff Decker||14||Padres, Alex Dickerson|
|20||NA||Stolmy Pimentel||12||Unranked last year|
|22||NA||Cody Dickson||10||4th Round|
|23||NA||Brandon Cumpton||9||Unranked last year|
|24||NA||Andrew Lambo||7||Unranked last year|
|25||NA||Joely Rodriguez||6||Unranked last year|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Gerrit Cole, #1
Justin Wilson, #14
Bryan Morris, #15
Dilson Herrera, #12 - To the Mets in the Marlon Byrd trade
Alex Dickerson, #20 - To the Padres in the Jaff Decker trade
Victor Black, #21 - To the Mets in the Marlon Byrd trade
Kyle McPherson, #13
Andy Oliver, #17
Phil Irwin, #25
Here is a chart of the Pirates' 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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