To varying extents, each MLB team has developed amateur draft picks into productive players at the highest level. Let's look at the likes of Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout and the best homegrown success stories of the past decade.
Realize that nearly all foreign-born stars entered professional baseball as international free agents. That means no love for Yu Darvish, Jurickson Profar, Carlos Santana and other emerging stars who weren't available for all 30 franchises to select.
We also won't be discussing Carlos Correa, Wil Myers or other high-ceiling prospects who might excel in the majors.
Rather, this article focuses on players drafted between 2003 and 2012 who exceeded expectations with their first clubs. Overachievers taken particularly low in the draft were given preference, but former first-rounders who presently dominate the sport couldn't be denied. Several of them even had value when departing via trade if their teams received great guys during the exchange.
Keep the following examples in mind when your team is on the clock during this week's 2013 amateur draft.