Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Draft pick impact
By Jason A. Churchill
The 2010 First-Year Players Draft has already produced major-league contributors such as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Drew Pomeranz, Matt Harvey, Chris Sale, Andrelton Simmons, Yasmani Grandal and Drew Smyly, and others have received a cup of coffee and figure into their team's plans even further in 2013 -- such as Texas Rangers IF/OF Mike Olt.
The past two drafts each boast prospects ready to make a similar impact, at least in terms of quantity, with right-handers Trevor Bauer (No. 3 overall, 2011) and Dylan Bundy (No. 4, 2011) having already made appearances in The Show.
The top options from the '11 class with a chance to make an impact in 2013 include Seattle lefty Danny Hultzen (No. 2), Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon (No. 7) and top pick Gerrit Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Right-hander Kyle Zimmer (Royals, No. 5), Kevin Gausman (Orioles, No. 4) and Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (No. 3) lead the charge for the class of 2012, despite less than one full season of pro ball.
The class of 2010 is far from done producing big leaguers, with the likes of right-handers Zach Lee (Dodgers, No. 28), Taijuan Walker (Mariners, No. 43) and Justin Grimm (Rangers, No. 166), and IF/OF Nick Castellanos (Tigers, No. 44) each with a chance to break through this coming season. Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko (No. 59) may be the most likely of the bunch to break camp with a full-time job, though Marlins catcher Rob Brantly (No. 100) and Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge (No. 106) appear to be headed in that direction, too.
On a fun side note, Colorado's 2010 fourth-round pick has already made it big. Russell Wilson is the star quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, and as Rumor Central's Tim Kavanagh writes, he's got a new weapon.