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.
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How do I do this? Each time a prospect appears on a list, he gets a number of points (61 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 San Francisco Giants top prospect list.
Minor League Ball (John Sickels)
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 San Francisco Giants 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.
|5||11||Christian Arroyo||1st Round|
|14||NA||Kendry Flores||Unranked last year|
|16||NA||Keury Mella||Unranked last year|
|17||NA||Derek Law||Unranked last year|
|18||NA||Ryder Jones||2nd Round|
|22||NA||Chase Johnson||3rd Round|
|22||NA||Angel Villalona||Unranked last year|
|25||NA||Johneshwy Fargas||11th Round|
|26||NA||Stephen Johnson||Unranked last year|
|26||NA||Ian Gardeck||Unranked last year|
|28||NA||Jesus Galindo||Unranked last year|
|29||NA||Jarrett Parker||Unranked last year|
|30||NA||Matt Duffy||Unranked last year|
|32||NA||Charles Jones||Unranked last year|
|33||NA||Jake Dunning||Unranked last year|
|34||NA||Nick Noonan||Unranked last year|
|35||NA||Shilo McCall||Unranked last year|
|37||NA||Mason McVay||Unranked last year|
|38||NA||Cody Hall||Unranked last year|
|40||NA||Mitch Delfino||Unranked last year|
|40||NA||Alberto Robles||Unranked last year|
|43||NA||Brian Ragira||4th Round|
|43||NA||Jeff Arnold||Unranked last year|
|45||NA||Jacob Dunnington||Unranked last year|
|46||NA||Tyler Horan||8th Round|
|46||NA||Phil McCormick||Unranked last year|
|48||NA||Carter Jurica||Unranked last year|
|49||NA||Blake Miller||25th Round|
|50||NA||Brandon Bednar||7th Round|
|50||NA||Chris Johnson||Unranked last year|
|52||NA||Joe Kurrasch||Unranked last year|
|53||NA||Jeremy Sy||Unranked last year|
|54||NA||Dan Slania||5th Round|
|54||NA||Tyler Hollick||Unranked last year|
|56||NA||Pat Young||13th Round|
|57||NA||Luis Ysla||Venezuelan IFA|
|58||NA||D.J. Snelton||9th Round|
|59||NA||Reymi Rodriguez||Dominican IFA|
|59||NA||Carlos Diaz||Unranked last year|
|61||NA||Jonah Arenado||16th Round|
|61||NA||Rando Moreno||Unranked last year|
|63||NA||John Riley||31st Round|
|63||NA||Ydwin Villegas||Unranked last year|
|65||NA||Dylan Brooks||30th Round|
|65||NA||Brett Bochy||Unranked last year|
|67||NA||Jose Valdez||Unranked last year|
|68||NA||Randy Ortiz||Unranked last year|
|69||NA||Tyler Mizenko||Unranked last year|
|70||NA||Juan Perez||Unranked last year|
|72||NA||Chris Gloor||Unranked last year|
2013 prospects not on 2014 list
Claimed off waivers:
Eric Surkamp, #12 - Claimed by the White Sox
Francisco Peguero, #8
Chris Heston, #16
Stephen Johnson, #18
E.J. Encinosa, #25
Nathaniel Javier, #25
Juan Perez, #29
Here is a chart of the Giants' prospect rankings. The error bars represent the minimum and maximum rankings 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.