Top Prospects: 2014 Consensus Top 200 Fantasy Prospects, Part 3

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The prospect staff at Fake Teams have put together their top consensus fantasy prospects, and finish with the release of prospects 101-200

It's been a long offseason, and with baseball games already being played, the prospect staff here at Fake Teams has finished up the last of their coverage plan with the completion of our consensus top 200 fantasy prospects. We've seen changes in our staff, but as always our aim is to provide the readers with as much coverage of the minor leagues as possible for your dynasty and keeper formats. The top 200 will be split into three parts: Top 50, 51-100, and 101-200.

Our Process

After participating in the discussion of each team's list over the offseason, our prospect staff submitted an initial top 200 list of prospects. We pulled those lists together, and gave each player ranked a set amount of points based on each list's ranking, starting with 200 points for the #1 prospect on each list, and so on. Once we had our initial list, we discussed players where we felt one ranker may have been out of step in either direction. The goal wasn't necessarily to change that ranker's mind about their ranking, but more to get an understanding of their concerns regarding the prospect.

For each prospect, we are providing their ranking on the individual lists of Jason Hunt, Brian Creagh, and Matt Mattingly, as well as the overall consensus ranking based on our points system. In addition, I (Jason) have gone through and estimated the start level and league for each player for the 2014 season, as well as an approximate ETA to the majors. These are all educated estimates, and we will likely find out that players are going elsewhere as the spring wears on.

I will also add for this part of the list that once you're outside the top 100, it really starts becoming a matter of personal preference. You'll see players that are on the list with just one ranking, as well as players that are either a long way from contributing or unlikely to have a high ceiling for fantasy. We could realistically go back and forth on specific players from 101-200 all day, and probably convince each other that a specific player belongs at 101 or at 200. You're really looking at the depth of your league at this point to see whether these prospects would be useful to your team, as a number of those prospects aren't likely to be relevant except in the deepest single-league formats for dynasty owners.

The Usual Reminders

You've probably heard it before, but any time you prepare a ranked list of any kind, it bears repeating. This list is a snapshot of a moment in time, and will likely change at any given point in the future. We believe that these are the top 50 fantasy prospects right now collectively, but each writer had their own opinion on where each prospect belongs on their own list. So you'll see players that are ranked differently by each of our writers, some very substantially. This is the first time Fake Teams has ever produced a set of prospect rankings this deep, and we're very proud of the work we've done this offseason. We welcome your comments and questions, and want discussion to follow along with these lists.

While I will not be writing up every prospect in our rankings (you can see quite a few of them in our Minor League Keeper Thoughts series from this year), I will be providing some notes on a lot of them. I'm also dividing the rankings up into groups of 10. These are not tiers or specifically divided that way for a reason other than I wanted to divide them into more manageable groups, so don't read too much into the specific separations. With that, let's get into the rankings.

Consensus Rank Player Team Position Ranking Points Jason Brian Matt Exp. 2014 Start Level and League Exp. MLB ETA
101 Domingo Santana HOU OF 276 119 156 58 AAA - Pacific Coast Late 2014
102 Bubba Starling KC OF 275 131 102 101 High-A - Carolina 2016
103 Josh Bell PIT OF 270 89 144 106 High-A - Florida State 2016
104 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 266 85 150 108 AAA - International 2014
105 J.R. Graham ATL RHP 263 83 96 167 AAA - International Late 2014
106 Eddie Rosario MIN 2B 260 113 147 89 AA - Eastern 2015
107 Zach Lee LAD RHP 259 92 124 134 AAA - Pacific Coast Late 2014
108 Jackie Bradley BOS OF 258 108 183 60 MLB 2014
108 Austin Hedges SD C 258 117 84 150 AA - Texas 2015
110 Mike Foltynewicz HOU RHP 257 103 172 77 AAA - Pacific Coast Late 2014

  • Eddie Rosario hasn't been doing himself any favors, as he'll miss the first 50 games of the season with a drug suspension. He'll likely return to AA when he is ready, and realistically won't see the majors until some time in 2015. By that point, it's entirely possible that Brian Dozier has really cemented himself into the job, leaving Rosario looking in again.
  • Josh Bell could blow up this year if he has a strong campaign at High-A. Viewed as a top 10 draft pick in 2011, Bell has slowly moved his way through the system, and still has the potential to be an impact power bat in the future. It's possible he may end up at first base, which would hurt his overall value, but could still potential play for most fantasy leagues.
Consensus Rank Player Team Position Ranking Points Jason Brian Matt Exp. 2014 Start Level and League Exp. MLB ETA
111 Alex Gonzalez TEX RHP 252 116 82 159 AA - Texas 2015
112 Alex Reyes STL RHP 252 107 103 147 Low-A - Midwest 2017
113 Chris Anderson LAD RHP 251 100 131 127 High-A - California 2016
114 Jorge Bonifacio KC OF 248 154 104 103 AA - Texas 2015
115 Delino DeShields HOU OF 244 120 194 51 AA - Texas 2015
116 Justin Nicolino MIA LHP 243 84 106 176 AAA - Pacific Coast Late 2014
117 Josmil Pinto MIN C 242 96 108 163 MLB 2014
117 Pierce Johnson CHC RHP 242 115 122 130 High-A - Florida State 2016
119 Trey Ball BOS LHP 241 187 105 76 Short Season 2017
119 Jose Berrios MIN RHP 241 87 98 183 High-A - Florida State 2016

  • The Twins don't seem sold on the idea that Josmil Pinto can be their everyday catcher, which may be true given reports on his defense in previous years. I do think he eventually ends up supplanting Kurt Suzuki as the starter, but it may take until midseason.
  • The speed remains tantalizing with Delino DeShields, and it will be interesting to see how he does with the move to the outfield. He should be able to use his speed more effectively there, and potentially gives him a slightly clearer path to the majors.
  • Alex Reyes is a name that has been getting a ton of helium this offseason, and if he can build on those reports this year in full season ball, he could end up in the top 50. His story is unique in that he actually lived in the US, and moved to the Dominican Republic in order to sign as an international free agent instead of being subject to the draft.
Consensus Rank Player Team Position Ranking Points Jason Brian Matt Exp. 2014 Start Level and League Exp. MLB ETA
121 Taylor Lindsey LAA 2B 239 149 83 138 AAA - Pacific Coast Late 2014
122 Cesar Puello NYM OF 235 109 178 87 AAA - Pacific Coast Late 2014
123 Mason Williams NYY OF 234 152 133 90 AA - Eastern 2015
124 Eric Jagielo NYY 3B 233 98 87 191 Low-A - Sally 2017
125 Kyle Parker COL OF 232 142 100 135 AAA - Pacific Coast Late 2014
126 Lance McCullers HOU RHP 232 122 171 84 High-A - California 2016
127 Lewis Thorpe MIN LHP 222 95 121 171 Low-A - Midwest 2017
128 Rosell Herrera COL SS 221 111 175 102 High-A - California 2016
129 Miguel Almonte KC RHP 221 126 93 169 High-A - Carolina 2016
130 Taylor Guerrieri TAM RHP 221 112 119 157 Injured 2017

  • Cesar Puello missed a substantial portion of last year due to his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, and to some extent is getting overlooked. It remains to be seen whether his performance will suffer, and with him likely headed to Las Vegas to start the year, we're not likely to know until he is in the majors whether his offense will suffer.
  • Taylor Guerrieri will miss the full season as a result of needing Tommy John surgery, but could be a forgotten name this time next year as a result. I still like the profile, but you'll want to wait until he starts throwing again before targetting him.
  • Lance McCullers has the potential to be either an above-average starting pitcher, or potentially an elite back-of-the-bullpen arm with the potential to close. I wouldn't plan on reading too much into his numbers in the California League, and it wouldn't surprise me if the Astros moved him out of there relatively quickly.
Consensus Rank Player Team Position Ranking Points Jason Brian Matt Exp. 2014 Start Level and League Exp. MLB ETA
131 Mike Olt CHC 3B 220 151 123 115 AAA - Pacific Coast 2014
132 Jake Odorizzi TAM RHP 216 106 155 132 MLB 2014
133 Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez PHI RHP 213 183 113 100 AAA - International Late 2014
134 Luis Sardinas TEX SS 202 128 137 142 AA - Texas 2015
135 Allen Webster BOS RHP 194 147 154 114 MLB 2014
136 Luis Heredia PIT RHP 193 139 151 126 High-A - Florida State 2016
137 Francisco Mejia CLE C 187 155 64 Low-A - Midwest 2017
138 Marco Gonzalez STL RHP 183 101 184 141 High-A - Florida State 2016
139 Trevor Bauer CLE RHP 182 145 187 95 AAA - International 2014
140 Burch Smith SD RHP 181 125 157 146 MLB 2014

  • Mike Olt still has a shot at the starting job on the north side, but with Javier Baez and Kris Bryant coming, he's going to need to establish himself quickly to avoid being bypassed entirely.
  • What do we do about Trevor Bauer at this point? If he has started to take instruction from coaches better, he could vault back into everyone's mind very quickly. If not, he could drop off this list entirely in a year.
  • I think that both Allen Webster and Burch Smith end up working in the bullpen for their respective teams this year, with the potential for some spot starts from time to time.
Consensus Rank Player Team Position Ranking Points Jason Brian Matt Exp. 2014 Start Level and League Exp. MLB ETA
141 Tyrone Taylor MIL OF 175 196 110 128 High-A - Florida State 2016
142 Dustin Peterson SD 3B 174 133 99 Low-A - Midwest 2017
143 Lewis Brinson TEX OF 172 153 126 158 High-A - Carolina 2016
144 Trevor Story COL SS 169 132 199 109 High-A - California 2016
145 Nick Kingham PIT RHP 159 127 162 161 AA - Eastern 2015
146 Marcus Semien CHW 2B 157 161 158 133 AAA - International Late 2014
147 Devon Travis DET 2B 154 134 118 AA - Eastern 2015
148 Jake Thompson DET LHP 154 135 117 High-A - Florida State 2016
149 Clayton Blackburn SF RHP 153 168 164 124 AA - Eastern 2015
150 Sean Nolin TOR LHP 152 123 140 194 AAA - International Late 2014

  • It was a completely lost year for Trevor Story, and at this point he could end up splitting time in some way with Rosell Herrera. Hopefully this is a bounceback year, or he could also fall completely off this list in a year's time.
  • Clayton Blackburn isn't exactly the most awe-inspiring profile, but is an interesting target in deeper leagues, as he profiles as a back-end rotation innings eater who should help your ratios while not killing you in strikeouts.
Consensus Rank Player Team Position Ranking Points Jason Brian Matt Exp. 2014 Start Level and League Exp. MLB ETA
151 Franklin Barreto TOR SS 145 141 120 Low-A - Midwest 2017
152 Bobby Wahl OAK RHP 143 138 125 High-A - California 2016
153 Roberto Osuna TOR RHP 142 167 97 Injured 2017
154 Tom Murphy COL C 137 195 152 125 AA - Texas Late 2015
155 Robbie Ray DET RHP 134 137 161 177 AAA - International Late 2014
156 Renato Nunez OAK 3B 130 160 116 High-A - California 2016
157 Wilmer Flores NYM 2B 127 156 123 MLB 2014
158 C.J. Cron LAA 1B 124 79 AAA - Pacific Coast Late 2014
159 Dorssys Paulino CLE 3B/2B 123 193 109 184 High-A - Carolina 2016
160 Christian Bethancourt ATL C 120 158 186 145 AAA - International Late 2014

  • Christian Bethancourt is another prospect where the real life value is much higher than the fantasy value. It's possible that he could hit for some power still, but as of now it's hard to see him being more than a deep NL-only play.
  • I don't know exactly where he's going to play, but I do think that Wilmer Flores ends up making the opening day roster for the Mets this year. There have been rumors that the team might try him again at shortstop to try to get him in the lineup, but would likely be a poor defender there. It seems more likely that if Ike Davis and Lucas Duda struggle again, we could see Flores at either first or second.

Consensus Rank Player Team Position Ranking Points Jason Brian Matt Exp. 2014 Start Level and League Exp. MLB ETA
161 Chris Stratton SF RHP 116 174 159 160 High-A - California 2016
162 Victor Roache MIL OF 113 180 113 High-A - Florida State 2016
163 Vincent Velasquez HOU RHP 108 146 152 AA - Texas 2015
164 Slade Heathcott NYY OF 100 114 192 AAA - International Late 2014
165 Tyler Austin NYY OF 100 138 168 AA - Eastern 2015
166 Ryne Stanek TAM RHP 95 144 167 Low-A - Midwest 2016
167 Tommy La Stella ATL 2B 95 162 149 AAA - International Late 2014
168 Stryker Trahan ARI OF 94 171 174 170 Low-A - Midwest 2017
169 Jason Hursh ATL RHP 91 112 High-A - Carolina 2016
170 Austin Wilson SEA OF 91 112 Low-A - Midwest 2017

  • It's entirely possible that Tommy La Stella makes the Braves as the second baseman if they think that he's a better option than Dan Uggla, and is a nice target late in drafts for NL-only leagues. I think it's more likely he ends up at AAA to start the year, but if Uggla can't get his contact issues under control, they'll make the call.
  • The Diamondbacks tried Stryker Trahan at catcher each of his first two seasons, but have decided that the bat is worth moving more quickly, and Trahan will head to the outfield instead. I could potentially see him finishing the season at High-A this year, and in the majors by the end of 2015 if they move him that quickly.

Consensus Rank Player Team Position Ranking Points Jason Brian Matt Exp. 2014 Start Level and League Exp. MLB ETA
171 Michael Taylor WAS OF 90 150 166 AA - Eastern Late 2015
172 Alberto Tirado TOR RHP 89 176 141 Low-A - Midwest 2017
173 Nomar Mazara TEX 1B 88 115 High-A - Carolina 2016
174 Cheslor Cuthbert KCR 3B 86 177 143 AA - Texas 2015
175 Rio Ruiz HOU 3B 86 117 High-A - California 2016
176 Max Stassi HOU C 85 148 173 AAA - Pacific Coast Late 2014
177 Anthony Ranaudo BOS RHP 84 119 AAA - International Late 2014
178 Luiz Gohara SEA LHP 83 178 145 Short Season 2017
179 Matt Skole WAS 3B 82 121 AAA - International Late 2014
180 Bryce Brentz BOS OF 81 122 AAA - International Mid 2014

  • I can see both Max Stassi and Bryce Brentz getting a decent amount of playing time this year in the majors, depending on how a few other things go with their teams. I would look at them as last round fliers in AL-only leagues.
  • Matt Skole missed the entire 2013 season due to injury, but could see time at either first base or third base if there are injuries in the major league level. I like him to be a potential 25 home run bat IF he can get the playing time needed to get a full season worth of at bats.

Consensus Rank Player Team Position Ranking Points Jason Brian Matt Exp. 2014 Start Level and League Exp. MLB ETA
181 Chris Bostick TEX 2B 79 130 197 High-A - Carolina 2016
182 Randal Grichuk STL OF 77 140 189 AAA - Pacific Coast 2015
183 Mac Williamson SF OF 76 190 140 AA - Eastern Late 2015
184 Ian Clarkin NYY RHP 75 128 Short Season 2017
185 Jace Peterson SD SS 74 129 AA - Texas Late 2015
186 Mitch Nay TOR 3B 73 130 Low-A - Midwest 2017
187 Corey Knebel DET RHP 71 132 High-A - Florida State Late 2015
188 Kaleb Cowart LAA 3B 71 179 156 AAA - Pacific Coast Late 2014
189 Edwin Diaz SEA RHP 70 173 163 Low-A - Midwest 2017
190 Jeimer Candelario CHC 3B 69 173 164 High-A - Florida State 2016

  • I love the profile Chris Bostick has in the middle infield, hitting potentially double digit home runs and stealing double digit bases in a full season. He's behind a lot of middle infield prospects in the Rangers' system, but I still think he ends up in a starting role eventually.

Consensus Rank Player Team Position Ranking Points Jason Brian Matt Exp. 2014 Start Level and League Exp. MLB ETA
191 Ty Hensley NYY RHP 69 134 Short Season 2017
192 Luke Jackson TEX RHP 67 136 AA - Texas Late 2015
193 Daniel Norris TOR LHP 67 136 High-A - Florida State 2016
194 Micah Johnson CHW 2B 64 163 196 186 AA - Southern Late 2015
195 Tim Wheeler COL OF 64 139 AAA - Pacific Coast Late 2014
196 Edwin Escobar SF LHP 63 195 148 AA - Eastern Late 2015
197 Jordan Patterson COL OF 60 143 High-A - California 2016
198 Neil Ramirez CHC RHP 59 144 AAA - Pacific Coast Late 2014
199 Mauricio Cabrera ATL RHP 57 146 High-A - Carolina 2016
200 Devin Williams MIL RHP 56 169 181 Low-A - Midwest 2017

  • Micah Johnson is a name worth keeping an eye on, and could rocket up the list if he hits the same way in AA that he did last year. The speed potential (84 stolen bases last year) could make him relevant in all leagues, but I want to see it some similar level of performance at AA.

Others receiving Votes:

Consensus Rank Player Team Position Ranking Points Jason Brian Matt
201 Micker Zapata CHW OF 55 148
202 Rob Kaminsky STL LHP 55 185 166
203 Enny Romero TAM LHP 53 160 193
204 Alex Colome TAM LHP 52 151
205 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF 49 154
206 Roman Quinn PHI SS 46 157
207 Jose Peraza ATL SS 44 159
208 Dilson Herrera NYM 2B 41 162
209 Mike Wright BAL RHP 39 164
210 Aaron Judge NYY OF 38 165
211 Adam Conley MIA LHP 38 165
212 Joe Wieland SD LHP 38 165
213 Rafael De Paula NYY RHP 38 181 187
214 Josh Hart BAL OF 35 168
215 Rafael Devers BOS 3B 34 169
216 Jonathan Denney BOS C 33 170
217 Martin Agosto SF LHP 31 172
218 Nate Karns WAS RHP 31 172
219 Trevor May MIN RHP 29 189 188
220 Dan Fields DET OF 29 174
221 Danny Hultzen SEA LHP 28 175
222 Joe Ross SD RHP 28 175
223 Kevin Plawecki NYM C 28 200 178
224 Travis Harrison MIN 3B 27 176
225 Raul Alcantara OAK LHP 26 177
226 Cory Spangenberg SD 2B 24 179
227 Chris Taylor SEA 2B 23 180
228 Victor Caratini ATL 3B 23 180
229 David Holmberg CIN LHP 22 181
230 Trayce Thompson CHW OF 21 182
231 Victor Sanchez SEA RHP 21 182
232 Sammy Solis WAS LHP 19 184
233 Justin Williams ARI RHP 18 185
234 Arodys Vizciano CHC RHP 18 185
235 B.J. Boyd OAK OF 17 186
236 Manuel Margot BOS OF 15 188
237 Zack Eflin SD LHP 15 188
238 Adam Walker MIN OF 14 189
239 Trey Williams PHI 3B 13 190
240 Tyler Pike SEA RHP 13 190
241 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B 12 191
242 Clint Coulter MIL C 12 191
243 James McCann DET C 11 192
244 Yorman Rodriguez CIN OF 11 192
245 Greg Bird NYY 1B 10 193
246 Mark Sappington LAA RHP 9 194
247 D.J. Davis TOR OF 9 198 199
248 Preston Tucker HOU OF 8 195
249 Stefen Romero SEA OF 7 196
250 Michael Ynoa OAK RHP 7 199 200
251 Nicholas Travieso CIN RHP 6 197
252 Nick Ciuffo TAM C 6 197
253 Christian Villanueva CHC 3B 5 198
254 Deven Marrero BOS SS 5 198
255 Michael Lorenzen CIN RHP 3 200

Have a question about a specific prospect that we didn't write up, or about the rankings in general? Post it in the comments, and we'll do our best to respond to them all quickly.

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