Thanks to the accelerated, July 13 signing deadline that was imposed by Major League Baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, the Class of 2012 draft picks have logged more professional experience than ever before and, in turn, offered more than merely a small sample size for evaluation purposes.
For some of the top 15 draft picks, signing early and beginning their professional career allowed them to reach a more advanced level in their first season. Essentially, every player received an opportunity to flash their potential this season. More importantly, the additional month of experience gave them a chance to identify weaknesses, respectively, and immediately begin to improve upon them.
So, here is a look at the top 15 picks from the 2012 draft and what they need to improve upon for the 2013 season.