Every year there are multiple outlets who come out with top ten prospect rankings for MLB teams and it is interesting to see how they differ. Some put an emphasis on the ceilings of the players while others favor players who seem to be safer bets and closer to the big leagues.
There are five major prospect rankings so I thought it would be fun to make a composite list for my favorite teams. The first team I will rank is the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The five major prospect rankings are the following:
1. Baseball Prospectus (BP)
2. FanGraphs (FG)
3. MLB Pipeline (Pipeline)
4. Baseball America (BA)
5. Keith Law of EPSN (Law)
If a player receives the number one ranking, it is worth 10 points. A number two ranking receives nine points and so on and so forth. I think you can understand the point if you've made it this far into the blog.
I won't include any scouting reports as I haven't seen all of these players live yet and don't want to give away the hard work these others have done to scout the players and if you wish to find out more about them I encourage you to go to all of these sites and look around. They're all well done and they're the result of hundreds of hours of work.
Due to the signing of some players and acquisitions after the publication of certain lists, the player may have been completely left off even though he is an obvious top 10 talent.
So enough chit chat and let's get onto the rankings.
Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects 2015
1. Archie Bradley, RHP - 49 points
BP=1; FG=1; Pipeline=1; BA=1; Law=2
2. Braden Shipley, RHP - 46 points
BP=2; FG=2; Pipeline=2; BA=2; Law=1
3. Aaron Blair, RHP - 39 points
BP=3; FG=3; Pipeline=4; BA=3; Law=3
4. Touki Toussaint, RHP - 32 points
BP=4; FG=5; Pipeline=5; BA=5; Law=4
5. Jake Lamb, 3B - 28 points
BP=6; FG=6; Pipeline=3; BA=6; Law=6
6. Brandon Drury, 2B - 27 points
BP=5; FG=4; Pipeline=7; BA=7; Law=5
7. Yoan Lopez, RHP - 9 points
BP=NA; FG=NA; Pipeline=6; BA=NA; Law=7
8. Yasmany Tomas, 3B/OF - 7 points
BP=NA; FG=NA; Pipeline=NA; BA=4; Law=NA
9. Peter O'Brien, C/1B - 6 points
BP=NA; FG=NA; Pipeline=8; BA=8; Law=NA
10. Nick Ahmed, SS /Robbie Ray, LHP - 5 points each
Ahmed: BP=NA; FG; 7; Pipeline=NA; BA=10; Law=NA
Ray: BP=NA; FG=NA; Pipeline=9; BA=NA; Law=8
Also receiving votes: Jimmie Sherfy, Sergio Alcantara, Marcus Wilson, Kaleb Fleck, Andrew Velazquez (Now with the Tampa Bay Rays), Justin Williams and Domingo Leyba
The next list will be the Minnesota Twins after MLB Pipeline releases their top 30 players later this week.