Consensus top prospects

By Jason Wojciechowski on March 6, 2015 at 9:01 PM

John Sickels released his top A's list today so this appears to be the final consensus for 2015. I'd hoped to include Chris Crawford's Top 15, but he went and got himself hired by Baseball Prospectus, so I'm guessing no list from him.

Positions are where the player is currently; level assignment is a guess. I've also added age in this revision, which is the age the player is considered for the upcoming season based on their June 30/July 1 age.

The Top

  1. Franklin Barreto, SS, 19, Low-A Beloit
  2. Matt Olson, 1B, 21, Double-A Midland

The Not Quite Top

  1. Renato Nunez, 3B, 21, Double-A Midland
  2. Matt Chapman, 3B, 22, High-A Stockton
  3. Kendall Graveman, SP, 24, Triple-A Nashville
  4. Sean Nolin, SP, 25, Triple-A Nashville
  5. Dillon Overton, SP, 23, Low-A Beloit
  6. Chad Pinder, 2B, 23, Double-A Midland
  7. Raul Alcantara, SP, 22, Double-A Midland

The Reliever

  1. R.J. Alvarez, RP, 24, MLB

The Great Middle

  1. Daniel Gossett, RP, 22, Low-A Beloit
  2. Bobby Wahl, RP, 23, High-A Stockton
  3. Chris Bassitt, SP, 26, Triple-A Nashville
  4. Yairo Munoz, SS, 20, Low-A Beloit
  5. Joe Wendle, 2B, 25, Triple-A Nashville
  6. Rangel Ravelo, 1B, 23, Triple-A Nashville
  7. Brett Graves, RP, 22, Low-A Beloit
  8. Max Muncy, 1B, 24, Triple-A Nashville
  9. Bruce Maxwell, C, 24, Double-A Midland

The Rest

  1. Billy Burns, CF, 25, Triple-A Nashville
  2. Mark Canha, 1B/OF, 26, MLB or bust
  3. Dustin Driver, RHP, 20, Short-season Vermont
  4. Chris Kohler, LHP, 20, Short-season Vermont
  5. Jaycob Brugman, LF/RF, 23, Double-A Midland
  6. Dylan Covey, RHP, 23, High-A Stockton
  7. Heath Fillmyer, RHP, 21, Low-A Beloit
  8. Jesus Lopez, SS, 18, Arizona League
  9. B.J. Boyd, CF, 21, Low-A Beloit
  10. Ryon Healy, 3B, 23, Double-A Midland
  11. Aaron Shipman, OF, 23, Double-A Midland
  12. Arnold Leon, RHP, 26, Triple-A Nashville

The Not Really Prospects So Much As Guys Who Got Mentioned

  1. Tanner Peters, RHP, 24, Double-A Midland
  2. Branden Kelliher, RHP, 19, Short-season Vermont?
  3. Trace Loehr, SS, 20, Short-season Vermont
  4. Pat Venditte, RHP, 30, Triple-A Nashville
  5. Tyler Ladendorf, SS, 27, Triple-A Nashville
  6. Ryan Doolittle, RHP, 27, Triple-A Nashville
  7. Ryan Dull, RHP, 25, Triple-A Nashville
  8. Seth Frankoff, RHP, 26, Triple-A Nashville
  9. Jake Sanchez, RHP, 25, Double-A Midland
  10. Chad Smith, RHP, 25, Triple-A Nashville
  11. Branden Cogswell, SS, 22, Low-A Beloit
  12. Kyle Finnegan, RHP, 23, High-A Stockton
  13. Iolana Akau, C, 19, Arizona League
  14. Chris Jensen, RHP, 24, Triple-A Nashville
  15. Sandber Pimentel, 1B, 20, Short-season Vermont
  16. Jordan Schwartz, RHP, 23, Low-A Beloit
  17. Jose Chavez, C, 19, Low-A Beloit
  18. Seong-Min Kim, C, 22, Low-A Beloit

New entries to the list are: Doolittle, Dull, Frankoff, Sanchez, and Smith.

Rank changes among the players who matter include Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin leapfrogging Dillon Overton, which would probably be my preference too. Were I to have enough knowledge to make one of these lists, I suspect I'd be a lot higher than the crowd/average on safe, close-to-the-majors prospects and a lot lower on boom/bust guys in A-ball, injury cases with upside, and so on. Graveman and Nolin's back-end starter profile that's ready for the majors right now thus strikes me as worthy of ranking on top of Overton's "could be really good assuming he makes it at all!" steez.

R.J. Alvarez leaps all the way up to the top ten, and I think he belongs in his own one-man category as a reliever-only sort of player, but one who some see as having closer upside and others think is a middle reliever due to control problems. Valuing relievers is a difficult enough proposition when we know exactly what they did -- putting a future value on a young "prospect" reliever is difficult enough to explain relatively wide divergence in his rankings.

Prior versions of the list

February 25, 2015
February 24, 2015
February 2, 2015
January 31, 2015