The draft. The infusion of new blood into a team is the foundation of building a successful franchise. For the NBA, NHL, and NFL, respectively, help can be achieved through the draft almost instantly. Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and Von Miller of the Denver Broncos both massively improved their teams just months after hearing their names called at the podium.
Baseball, on the other hand, rarely sees a draftee make an immediate impact. The vast majority of prospects require plenty of seasoning in college and the minor leagues before a spot in the big leagues is a remote possibility. Some players may spend the better half of a decade trying to reach the limelight of the show. So while the newest Colorado Rockies are still donning their freshly stitched purple-pinstriped uniforms, let’s take a stab at their pro potential. After all, this is what makes the draft fun.