Today I wanted to take a look at some of the prospect rankings from Baseball America. They have done the individual league Top 20 prospects, so that is what I used as a baseline for the data. I weighed each spot, 1-20 and at different values for each level so that the #1 prospect in a given league is worth more than the #1 prospect in the league below it and so on. It isn’t a perfect formula and part two of the series using John Sickels rankings (once he makes it through all 30 teams) are generally more accurate because he ranks the players on a very comparable grading scale, but that may be another 6 weeks. Here are the overall rankings:
The Reds rank 10th overall by this system and find themselves third in the division behind the Pirates and the Cardinals, but well ahead of the Cubs and the hapless Brewers.
I think that when John Sickels finishes up all of his grades, assuming there are no big trades, that the Reds will be in that 7-10 range in his rankings as well. As noted though, it could be quite a while before we get a chance to check out those rankings.