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 (31 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 Milwaukee Brewers 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 Milwaukee Brewers 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||3||Devin Williams||395||105||2nd Round|
|9||11||Nick Delmonico||287||47||Orioles, Francisco Rodriguez Trade|
|13||NA||Tucker Neuhaus||184||Comp B Draft|
|15||NA||Michael Reed||82||Unranked last year|
|15||NA||Jason Rogers||82||Unranked last year|
|17||NA||Taylor Williams||63||4th Round|
|18||NA||Barrett Astin||56||3rd Round|
|21||NA||Yadiel Rivera||52||Unranked last year|
|22||NA||Tyler Wagner||42||Unranked last year|
|23||NA||David Denson||37||15th Round|
|24||NA||Michael Blazek||34||John Axford Trade, Cardinals|
|25||NA||Michael Ratterree||25||10th Round|
|27||NA||Gian Rizzo||21||Unranked last year|
|28||NA||D'Vontrey Richardson||16||Unranked last year|
|28||NA||Brent Suter||16||Unranked last year|
|30||NA||Andy Hills||14||11th Round|
|31||NA||Clint Terry||12||18th Round|
|33||NA||Garrett Cooper||10||6th Round|
|34||NA||Brooks Hall||9||Unranked last year|
|36||NA||Tyler Cravy||7||Unranked last year|
|NA||14||Yirver Gilbert Lara||21||Dominican IFA|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Wily Peralta, #1
Tyler Thornburg, #2
Scooter Gennett, #8
Logan Schafer, #18
Khris Davis, #19
Jim Henderson, #20
Caleb Gindl, #22
Mark Rogers, #16
Kentrail Davis, #22
Cody Scarpetta, #25
Kyle Heckathorn, #26
Cameron Garfield, #28
Here is a chart of the Brewers' 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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