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2014 Texas Rangers Consensus Top 38 Prospects

What is the consensus ranking for each of the Rangers' top prospects?

Rougned Odor beats out Jorge Alfaro for the Rangers' top spot
Rougned Odor beats out Jorge Alfaro for the Rangers' top spot

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.

Michael Choice and Chris Bostick were not eligible for all of the lists, since they were traded to the team in the middle of the offseason, after some lists were already created. I gave Choice a ranking of 4 for every list he was not eligible for, and Bostick a ranking of 11 for the lists he was not eligible for that also went above 10.

You can also view the 2013 Texas Rangers top prospect list.


Regular Lists

Baseball America

Baseball Instinct

Baseball Prospectus

Bleacher Report


Grading on the Curve

Keith Law (ESPN)

Lone Star Ball

MLB Draft Insider

MLB Prospect Portal

Prospect Digest


Top Prospect Alert

Fantasy Lists

Dynasty Sports Empire

Fake Teams

Prospect 361


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 Texas Rangers 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 Rougned Odor 424 121 11
2 1 Jorge Alfaro 421 121 3
3 4 Michael Choice 391 110 Craig Gentry Trade, Athletics
4 9 Joey Gallo 371 83 4
5 10 Luke Jackson 356 74 5
6 7 Luis Sardinas 341 98 -2
7 3 Nick Williams 325 116 14
8 5 Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez 320 106 1st Round
9 6 Lewis Brinson 227 99 2
10 11 Ronald Guzman 211 45 4
11 8 Nomar Mazara 209 96 2
12 NA Travis Demeritte 196 1st Round
13 12 Chris Bostick 143 24 Craig Gentry Trade, Athletics
14 NA Jairo Beras 138 1
15 NA Alec Asher 77 Unranked last year
16 NA Wilmer Font 69 0
17 NA Cody Buckel 53 -11
18 NA Nick Martinez 52 8
19 13 Akeem Bostick 51 23 2nd Round
20 NA David Ledbetter 42 3rd Round
21 NA Connor Sadzeck 40 Unranked last year
22 NA Marcos Diplan 34 Dominican IFA
23 NA Keone Kela 33 Unranked last year
24 NA Ryan Rua 30 Unranked last year
25 NA Cole Wiper 26 10th Round
25 NA Kelvin Vasquez 26 Unranked last year
27 NA Brett Nicholas 24 Unranked last year
28 NA Frank Lopez 22 Unranked last year
29 NA Joey Butler 21 Unranked last year
30 NA Victor Payano 19 Unranked last year
31 NA Jose Leclerc 18 Unranked last year
32 NA Alex Claudio 13 Unranked last year
33 NA Drew Robinson 8 Unranked last year
34 NA Ben Rowen 7 Unranked last year
35 NA Lisalverto Bonilla 5 Unranked last year
36 NA Roman Mendez 4 -19
37 NA Kellin Deglan 2 Unranked last year
38 NA Sam Wolff 1 6th Round

2013 prospects not on 2014 list


Jurickson Profar, #1
Martin Perez, #3
Leonys Martin, #7
Justin Grimm, #9
Tanner Scheppers, #23
Nick Tepesch, #24


Mike Olt, #2 - To the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade
C.J. Edwards, #18 - To the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade
Neil Ramirez, #19 - To the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade
Leury Garcia, #20 - To the White Sox in the Alex Rios trade

Dropped Off:

Will Lamb, #21
Hanser Alberto, #24
Eduard Pinto, #27

Visual Representation

Here is a chart of the Rangers' 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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Chris St. John is a writer at Beyond The Box Score. You can follow him on Twitter at @stealofhome.