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 Seattle Mariners 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 Seattle Mariners 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||D.J. Peterson||335||71||1st Round|
|6||7||Austin Wilson||220||58||2nd Round|
|9||9||Chris Taylor||213||22||Unranked last year|
|16||NA||Ketel Marte||35||Unranked last year|
|16||NA||Dominic Leone||35||Unranked last year|
|18||12||Ji-Man Choi||29||17||Unranked last year|
|20||NA||Xavier Avery||20||Michael Morse Trade, Orioles|
|20||13||Tyler O'Neill||20||16||3rd Round|
|23||NA||Abe Almonte||12||Yankees, Shawn Kelley|
|24||NA||Lars Huijer||8||Unranked last year|
|26||NA||Greifer Andrade||5||Venezuelan IFA|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Mike Zunino, #2
Nick Franklin, #4
Brandon Maurer, #6
Brad Miller, #8
Carter Capps, #9
Francisco Martinez, #27 - To the Tigers for cash
Stephen Pryor, #12
Joe DeCarlo, #18
Leon Landry, #20
Erasmo Ramirez, #22
Martin Peguero, #23
Jack Marder, #24
Jordan Shipers, #26
Chance Ruffin, #27
Anthony Fernandez, #29
John Hicks, #32
Guillermo Pimentel, #32
Here is a chart of the Mariners' 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.