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.
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.
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.
|3||4||Michael Choice||391||110||Craig Gentry Trade, Athletics|
|8||5||Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez||320||106||1st Round|
|12||NA||Travis Demeritte||196||1st Round|
|13||12||Chris Bostick||143||24||Craig Gentry Trade, Athletics|
|15||NA||Alec Asher||77||Unranked last year|
|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|
|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
Will Lamb, #21
Hanser Alberto, #24
Eduard Pinto, #27
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.