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Combining all the Top 100 Prospects Lists into one plus, 161 or so named prospects

Haven't posted here in a while but thought I might add some empirical data to the discourse. Below is a combining and then mean averaging composite ratings of the TOP 100 prospect lists (MLB, BP, ESPN, Fangraph's, & BA) published this year. Originally it came out to 135 (plus 5 more) named prospects, The five additional were identified from Keith Law's subsequent blog post of the ten that just missed his ranking. An additional 21 or so were added by me in finding those who were ranked by one of the providers in 2013 but left off the 2014 list. Examples are Olt and Vizcaino, making a total of 161 or ranked prospects and owing to my TOP 150 (with ties)

To me 150 is a more appropriate number in that it ideally designates an equal distribution of a TOP 5 prospect list for all 30 teams, though we know there is not an equal distribution for talent or prospects. One could say then that the Cubs have 9 bona fide TOP 150 prospects. Anyway here it is:

1 MIN Buxton 100 OF/CF

2 BOS Bogaerts 99 SS

3 STL Taveras 96.6 OF/RF

4 CHC Baez 94.2 SS

5 HOU Correa 93.4 SS

6 ARI Bradley 92.6 RHP

6 CLE Lindor 92.6 SS

8 MIN Sano 91.6 3B/1B

9 OAK Russell 91.2 SS

10 SEA Walker 90.4 RHP

11 CHC Bryant 89 3B/RF

12 COL Gray 86.4 RHP

13 PIT Polanco 84.6 OF/RF

14 NYM Syndergaard 84 RHP

15 HOU Springer 81.6 OF/RF

16 BAL Bundy 80 RHP

16 CIN Stephenson 80 RHP

18 PIT Taillon 79.2 RHP

19 BAL Gausman 77.75 RHP

20 WAS Giolito 77.6 RHP

21 HOU Appel 77.2 RHP

22 KC Zimmer 76.8 RHP

23 CHC Almora 76.4 OF/CF

24 COL Butler 75.25 RHP

25 TOR Sanchez 73.5 RHP

26 SD Hedges 72.75 C

27 DET Castellanos 69.75 3B

28 LAD Seager 69 SS/3B

29 KC Mondesi 67.75 SS

30 KC Ventura 67.5 RHP

31 PIT Glasnow 67 RHP

32 MIA Heaney 66.5 LHP

33 MIN Meyer 66.25 RHP

34 BOS Bradley 64.5 OF/CF

35 NYM D'Arnaud 63.75 C

36 PHL Franco 63 3B

37 SF Crick 59.8 RHP

37 BOS Owens 58.8 LHP

39 LAD Pederson 58.2 OF/LF

40 CHC Soler 58 OF/RF

41 CLE Frazier 55.6 OF/CF

41 TEX Alfaro 53.6 C

43 LAD Urias 52.6 LHP

45 TEX Odor 53.2 2B

46 CIN Hamilton 51.8 OF/CF

47 SD Wisler 51.6 RHP

48 MIN Stewart 51.2 RHP

49 ATL Sims 50 RHP

50 TOR Stroman 49.8 RHP

51 SD Fried 48 LHP

52 PIT Meadows 46.8 OF/CF

53 ARI Shipley 46 RHP

53 BAL Rodriquez 46 LHP

55 NYY Sanchez 44.8 C

56 BOS Cecchini 42.8 3B

57 HOU Foltynewicz 43.4 RHP

58 CHC Edwards 40.8 RHP

59 MIA Moran 38.8 3B

60 ARI Owings 38.6 SS

* denote being left off a rating service

61 STL Wong 36 2B

62 HOU Singleton 35.6 1B

63 PIT Hansen 34.4 SS

64 BOS Swihert 34.2 C

65 WAS Cole 33.2 RHP *BA

66 PHI Biddle 33 LHP

67 LAD Lee 32.4 RHP

68 COL Dahl 30.2 OF/CF

69 CWS Johnson 28.6 RHP

70 BOS Betts 28.6 2B *BP

71 BAL Harvey 24.2 RHP *MLB/BA

72 STL Piscosty 23.8 OF/RF

73 CLE Crawford 23.6 SS "MLB/BP

74 MINN Rosario 23.4 2B *MLB/BP

75 PITT Kingham 21.6 RHP *MLB

76 CHC Alcantara 21.2 2B

77 CWS Davidson 21 3B

78 MIA Marisnick 20.6 OF/CF *BP

79 TB Odorizzi 20.2 RHP *ESPN

80 NYM Smith 19.2 1B "MLB/BP

81 NYM Montero 18.6 RHP *BP

82 SEA Peterson 18.4 3B *ESPN

83 Minn Pinto 17.6 C *ESPN/FG/BP

84 NYY Almonte 15.6 RHP *MLB/BA

85 HOU McCullers 15 RHP *BP/ESPN/FG

86 PITT MCGuire 14 C *MLB/ESPN

87 BOS Webster 13.6 RHP *BP/ESPN/FG

88 BAL Schoop 12.8 2B *MLB/BA

89 MIA Nicolino 12.6 LHP *BP/BA

90 COL Herrera 12.2 SS *ESPN/FG

91 CIN Ervin 11.2 OF "MLB/ESPN/BA

91 ATL Bethancourt 11.2 C *MLB/BP

93 TEX Sardinas 11 SS *ESPN/BA

94 HOU DeShields 10.8 OF/CF *BP/FG/BA

95 TB Guerrerri 10.6 RHP BP/BA

95 TEX Williams 10.6 OF/CF *FG

95 TEX Gallo 10.6 3B *ESPN/BA

98 PIT Bell 10.4 OF/RF *FG/BA

99 TEX Choice 10.2 OF/LF *ESPN/FG

99 HOU Velasquez 10.2 RHP MLB/BP/BA

101 SD Kelly 9.8 RHP *ESPN/FG/BA

101 SF Escobar 9.8 LHP *BP/ESPN/BA

102 CHC Johnson 9.2 RHP *ESPN

103 TB Hak-Ju Lee 9 SS *BP/BA

104 KC Manaea 8.8 LHP *ESPN/FG/BA

104 CLE Bauer 8.8 RHP *BP/ESPN/BA

106 MIN Berrios 8.4 RHP *ESPN/BA

107 KC Bonifacio 7.4 OF/LF *ESPN

108 WAS Goodwin 7 OF *MLB/BA

109 SEA Paxton 6.6 LHP MLB/ESPN/FG

110 ATL Bettencourt 6.2 C *ESPN/FG/BA

111 TEX Gonzalez 6 RHP *MLB/ESPN/FG/BA

112 NYM Flores 5.8 OF *MLB/ESPN/FG/BA

113 BOS Barnes 5.4 RHP *BP

114 SD Renfroe 5.2 OF *MLB/BP/FG 1

15 TOR Tirado 4.8 RHP *MLB/BP/FG/BA

116 TB Romero 4.4 LHP *MLB/ESPN/BA

117 MIL Johnson 3.4 RHP *BP/ESPN/FG/BA

118 NYY Austin 3 OF *MLB/BP/FG/BA

118 BOS Ball 3 LHP BP/ESPN/FG 1

120 MIL Nelson 1.8 RHP *MLB/BP/ESPN

120 CWS Seimien 1.8 SS *MLB/BP/ESPN/FG

122 NYM Nimmo 1.6 OF *MLB/BP/FG/BA

123 TOR Osuna 1.4 RHP *BP/ESPN/FG/BA

124 TB Cuiffo 1 C *MLB/BP/FG/BA

125 KC Dozier 0.8 SS *MLB/ESPN/FG/BA

125 LAD Anderson 0.8 RHP *MLB/BP/FG/BA

125 STL Reyes 0.8 RHP *ESPN/FG/BA

128 DET Ray 0.6 LHP *BP/ESPN/FG/BA

128 COL Tapia 0.6 OF *MLB/ESPN/FG/BA

130 CWS Anderson 0.4 SS "MLB/BP/FG/BA

131 ATL Peraza 0.2 SS *MLB/BP/FG/BA

131 TEX Brinson 0.2 OF *MLB/ESPN/FG/BA

133 STL Kaminsky 0.1 LHP *MLB/BP/FG/BA

133 MINN Thorpe 0.1 LHP *MLB/BP/FG/BA

133 TOR Nay 0.1 3B *MLB/BP/ESPN/BA

135 BOS Webster 0.075 RHP ESPN just off 100

135 NYY Murphy 0.075 C ESPN just off 100

135 LAA Cowart 0.075 3B ESPN just off 100

135 ATL Cabrera 0.075 RHP ESPN just off 100

135 SF Susac 0.075 C ESPN just off 100

141 CHC Olt 0.074 3B MLB '013,22nd, BP 30th, FA 47th

142 SEA Hultzen 0.065 LHP MLB '013 ranked 17th

143 KC Starling 0.063 OF MLB '013 ranked 26th

144 CHC Vizcaino 0.055 RHP BP '13 54th, ESPN 64th, 83rd

145 SF Blackburn 0.05 LHP MLB '013- 94th BA ranked 95th

146 SD Liriano 0.05 RHP BP '13 ranked 39th

146 COL Story 0.05 SS BP '13 ranked 34th, MLB 99th

148 CIN Corcino 0.03 RHP ESPN '13 ranked 72nd

148 NYY Heathcott 0.03 OF ESPN '13 ranked 57nd

148 CWS Hawkins 0.03 2B Fangraphs '13 63rd

150 PHI Quinn 0.025 SS MLB/BA '013 ranked 100th

150 NYY DePaula 0.025 RHP MLB '013 ranked 99th

150 STL Jenkins 0.025 RHP BP '13 ranked 94th

150 NYM Fulmer 0.025 RHP BP '13 ranked 98th

150 TOR Nolin 0.025 LHP BP '13 ranked 97th

150 ATL Karns 0.025 RHP ESPN '13 ranked 94th

150 PHI Morgan 0.025 LHP ESPN '13 ranked 92nd

150 TEX Buckel 0.025 RHP ESPN '13 ranked 91st

150 SD Ross 0.025 RHP ESPN '13 ranked 90th

150 TOR Osuna 0.025 RHP ESPN '13 ranked 87th

150 LAD Reed 0.025 LHP Fangraphs '13 96th

Some notes and explanations. I created a mean average by simply giving the #1 ranked prospect 100 points and then proceeded to descend the number from there. There are actually 136 players named with some kind of ranking from the five services which actually tells you that with a possibly 501 spots there is only a deviation of 35 players where 17 players were mentioned by only one service, while 15 players were mentioned by two rating's services. Sixty-seven (67) players were mentioned by all five, which are players I consider to be in the actual Top 67, 11 mentioned by four of five and seventeen were mentioned by three of the four.

As for Cub fans, Baez is solidly ranked #4, though #2 shortstop prospect, Bryant is 11th and 2nd ranked 3B prospect. Almora is ranked 23rd while Soler hits 40th, Edwards is 60th, Alcantara is 76th and the second to last ranked prospect by all five services. Pierce Johnson falls to 102nd, due in part by not being at least ranked 96th by ESPN and/or MLB, though six of the seven are rated by all five services with only Pierce Johnson not getting mentioned by Keith Law.

What does this tell someone? Well in subjective analysis that uses a combination of empirical data and eye tests based on an imprecise method of methodologies combining rankings removes bias and aberrations. I think is is a better list to view value of prospects being traded for or moved in acquisitions.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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