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.
Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson were not ranked on every list. I gave them a two and three ranking, respectively on the lists that did not rank them. I also gave Marcus Semien a rank of five on the BR ranking. It seemed like more an oversight than a real non-ranking, and it messed up the overall results.
You can also view the 2013 Chicago White Sox 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 Chicago White Sox 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.
|1||1||Jose Abreu||387||99||Cuban IFA|
|3||2||Matt Davidson||374||93||Addison Reed trade, Diamondbacks|
|5||2||Tim Anderson||330||93||1st Round|
|9||9||Tyler Danish||241||52||2nd Round|
|10||8||Micah Johnson||218||61||Unranked last year|
|12||14||Danny Webb||150||17||Unranked last year|
|13||NA||Jacob May||138||3rd Round|
|14||NA||Francellis Montas||84||Jake Peavy trade, Red Sox|
|16||NA||Andrew Mitchell||70||4th Round|
|17||NA||Chris Bassitt||67||Unranked last year|
|19||12||Micker Adolfo Zapata||59||18||Dominican IFA|
|20||14||Adam Engel||48||17||19th Round|
|21||NA||Trey Michalczewski||41||7th Round|
|24||NA||Leury Garcia||22||Rangers, Alex Rios trade|
|25||NA||Eric Surkamp||17||Claimed off waivers, Giants|
|26||NA||Chris Freudenberg||16||8th Round|
|27||NA||Adam Lopez||14||Unranked last year|
|28||NA||Rangel Ravelo||11||Unranked last year|
|29||NA||Matt Ball||7||11th Round|
|29||NA||Cleuluis Rondon||7||Jake Peavy trade, Red Sox|
|31||NA||Braulio Ortiz||6||Unranked last year|
|33||NA||Jefferson Olacio||1||Unranked last year|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Andre Rienzo, #6
Josh Phegley, #21
Jeff Soptic, #27 - To the Giants for Conor Gillaspie
Simon Castro, #12
Jhan Marinez, #21
Santos Rodriguez, #24
Keenyn Walker, #5
Nestor Molina, #11
Joey DeMichele, #14
Charlie Leesman, #15
Brandon Brennan, #17
Sammy Ayala, #19
Tyler Saladino, #20
Andy Wilkins, #21
Kevan Smith, #24
Kyle Hansen, #24
Luis Castillo, #28
Todd Kibby, #29
Here is a chart of the White Sox 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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