The Baltimore Orioles were dreaming big when they drafted Manny Machado with the third overall pick in the 2010 draft. He immediately became a major part of the club's future.
The Orioles decided on Wednesday that the future is now.
Are the Orioles making a risky move? Of course they are. Machado wasn't exactly dominating at the Double-A level, and they're further complicating matters by penciling him in at third base rather than shortstop, his natural position. Plus, Machado is only 20 years old, and there's no guarantee whatsoever that he'll be able to duplicate the feats of fellow youngsters Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.
But none of this changes the fact that Machado has superstar potential. All the scouts say he could be a future All-Star, and he definitely has the look of a future All-Star.
To illustrate that point, here's a quick look at five superstars Machado reminds us of.
Note: I'll be talking a lot about Machado's swing mechanics in this slideshow. You can get a good look for yourself by heading over to MiLB.com.