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Comparing the Rangers prospect lists

Now that Kevin Goldstein is done, here are how what I consider to be the four most significant sources for Rangers prospect info rate the Rangers top ten:

Baseball America (Aaron Fitt):

  1. Eric Hurley, RHP
  2. Edinson Volquez, RHP
  3. Thomas Diamond, RHP
  4. John Mayberry Jr., OF
  5. Joaquin Arias, SS
  6. Kasey Kiker, LHP
  7. Jason Botts, OF/DH
  8. Josh Rupe, RHP
  9. Chris Davis, 1B/OF
  10. Marcus Lemon, SS
Baseball Prospectus (Kevin Goldstein):
  1. Eric Hurley, RHP
  2. Edinson Volquez, RHP
  3. Thomas Diamond, RHP
  4. Kasey Kiker, LHP
  5. John Mayberry, RF
  6. Jason Botts, 1B/LF/DH
  7. Marcus Lemon, SS
  8. Taylor Teagarden, C
  9. Joaquin Arias, SS
  10. Chris Davis, 1B
Jamey Newberg:
  1. Eric Hurley, RHP
  2. Josh Rupe, RHP
  3. Edinson Volquez, RHP
  4. John Mayberry Jr., OF
  5. Joaquin Arias, SS
  6. Thomas Diamond, RHP
  7. Ben Harrison, OF
  8. Kasey Kiker, LHP
  9. Fabio Castillo, RHP
John Sickels:
  1. Eric Hurley, RHP
  2. Thomas Diamond, RHP
  3. John Mayberry Jr, OF
  4. Edinson Volquez, RHP
  5. Kasey Kiker, LHP
  6. Wes Littleton, RHP
  7. Taylor Teagarden, C
  8. Chad Tracy, C
  9. Jason Botts, 1B
  10. Nelson Cruz, OF
  11. Joaquin Arias, SS
A few notes, Sickels considers Cruz eligible for his list, while the others don't, so I included Arias. Newberg doesn't consider players who have exhausted their rookie status but haven't reached 130 AB or 50 IP, so he doesn't consider Botts or Littleton. Botts would presumably among his top ten otherwise.

Eric Hurley is among the 30 players who Sickels gave an A or A- grade. He is one of 40 players who Goldstein grades out as an "excellent" prospect. Both grade him out a level higher than Danks. Fitt and Newberg, on the other hand, ranked Danks first in the system before he was traded. Hurley will not be among the top 50 prospects on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list, but will be in the back half, as Danks most likely will.

Some notable conclusions:

  • Fitt speaks very highly of Fabio Castillo in the BA Prospect Handbook but only ranks him #17. Goldstein makes no mention of him and labels Jake Brigham as his sleeper, while Sickels doesn't mention him at all among the 33 names he lists. Only Newberg, who is not coincidentally most likely the closest to the organization, includes Castillo in his top ten. Expect to see him in most everyone's next winter.
  • Newberg is also much higher on Rupe than the others, listing him second.
  • While most are concerned about the progress of Volquez and Diamond, all four rank Volquez between two and four, and Diamond between two and six.
  • John Mayberry is the highest rated position player on all four lists.
  • Goldstein likes Kiker the best, ranking him fourth, with the other four lists ranking him between five and nine. Another prediction I'd make is that Kiker is among the top five in any list next winter.
  • Mayberry is one place where the LSB Community List differed:
  1. Eric Hurley, RHP
  2. Edinson Volquez, RHP
  3. Jason Botts, OF/DH
  4. Wes Littleton, RHP
  5. Josh Rupe, RHP
  6. Thomas Diamond, RHP
  7. Joaquin "Flaco Joaqo" Arias, SS
  8. John Mayberry, Jr., OF/1B
  9. Kasey Kiker, LHP
  10. Omar Poveda, RHP
Here, Mayberry is listed only third behind Botts and Arias.