There's nothing quite like Major League Baseball's amateur draft, for all parties involved.
For high school players, it's the opportunity of a lifetime and the biggest decision you may ever make. It's an emotional high but also a time to weigh the risks: Do you get your professional career starter and forgo a college education, or spend time in college to refine your skills?
For college players, it is the reward after all of the hard work. Guys spend three to four years in college working their tails off, not only playing baseball, but studying as well. Being drafted is like coming full circle; the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, if you will.
But the oft-forgotten beneficiary of the MLB draft is the organization. Take for instance, the Philadelphia Phillies. This is a club that used the draft to add hitters and pitchers from both the college and high school level and restock their farm system.
A farm once described as "barren" could be roaring back to life with just 40 selections of some of the most promising players throughout the country.
But it's all meaningless unless the player comes to terms with the club—in this instance, the Phillies—on his first professional contract.
Some players are more likely to sign than others. It should go without saying that a college senior has more urgency to sign that a high school senior with an opportunity to go to college. Then again, a strong college commitment could draw a player away from a team.
This list will attempt to signal out which of the Phillies' top draft picks from this season have the greatest potential to sign a contract.