Consensus top prospects

By Jason Wojciechowski on February 2, 2015 at 7:08 PM

Another new perma-page: the top prospect consensus, taking into account all the halfway decent lists I know, and changing as lists change and/or as trades occur.

Today saw the release of Baseball Prospectus' Top 10, which included a very aggressive no. 10 ranking for Matt Chapman. It reads to me as an overreaction to a bad debut and/or a hot take, but it's not like I think he's some superstud they're overlooking.

Positions are where the player is currently; level assignment is a guess.

The Top

1/2. Franklin Barreto, SS, Low-A Beloit
1/2. Matt Olson, 1B, Double-A Midland

As of the last list, we already knew Barreto and Olson were nos. 1 and 2, so this doesn't change. I prefer a shortstop or center fielder to a first baseman, but we've been over this.

The Great Middle

  1. Renato Nunez, 3B, Double-A Midland
  2. Matt Chapman, 3B, High-A Stockton
  3. Dillon Overton, SP, Low-A Beloit
  4. Kendall Graveman, SP, Triple-A Nashville
  5. Sean Nolin, SP, Triple-A Nashville
  6. Chad Pinder, 2B, Double-A Midland
  7. Raul Alcantara, SP, Double-A Midland

Last time I put Nunez and Chapman in their own tier, but I've decided that's less justifiable on reflection. Don't forget, for instance, that Overton was a Friday-night starter in college.

The Rest

  1. Yairo Munoz, SS, Low-A Beloit
  2. Bobby Wahl, RP, High-A Stockton
  3. Joe Wendle, 2B, Triple-A Nashville
  4. Daniel Gossett, RP, Low-A Beloit
  5. Chris Bassitt, SP, Triple-A Nashville
  6. Brett Graves, RP, Low-A Beloit
  7. Max Muncy, 1B, Triple-A Nashville
  8. R.J. Alvarez, RP, MLB
  9. Bruce Maxwell, C, Double-A Midland
  10. Rangel Ravelo, 1B, Triple-A Nashville
  11. Billy Burns, CF, Triple-A Nashville
  12. Jesus Lopez, SS, Arizona League
  13. Jaycob Brugman, LF/RF, Double-A Midland

Munoz was on Keith Law's list as a sleeper, ranked no. 8, and he made BP's list all the way up at no. 6, but he did not appear for Baseball America or He'll presumably play the year at 20 in Beloit. Jesus Lopez is in BP's writeup as an "on the rise" candidate. He's a shortstop for now, but they say probably not long term. He came stateside and played in the Arizona League at 17 last year. He didn't hit, but like I said, he's 17. He's from Nicaragua; just 13 MLB players in history have come from there. The notables are Dennis Martinez, Vicente Padilla, Marvin Benard, and Everth Cabrera.

Prior versions of the list

January 31, 2015