While the majority of picks in the MLB draft are used to bolster an organization's depth, sometimes the best picks are the ones that can come and contribute in the bigs right away.
This version of the 2013 MLB draft grades will focus on which teams have the most major league-ready hauls. That could mean joining the bigs sometimes this year or next.
Many teams chose to pick high school players, who traditionally need more seasoning in the minors, but often have more long-term potential.
Which teams drafted the players that will join the big leagues the fastest?
Read on to find out.
Player Readiness Grade: A
Cubs fans, who are long overdue for a winning ball club, will be happy when the fruits of this draft reach Wrigley. Not only did the Cubs get talented players, but they can help right away.
With the second overall pick, the Cubs took Kris Bryant, a power-hitting third baseman from San Diego. Bryant should hit the big leagues in no time. He has a MLB-ready stroke and he has plenty of experience—and success—against top collegiate experience.
Once he reaches the bigs, which could be as early as next year, he'll settle in quite comfortably as the third baseman of the future. He's not the best defender, but he's certainly serviceable.
However, it is his bat that will take him far. Bryant will end up hitting 30 home runs per season and will help the lead the Cubs back to the playoffs.
In addition, their second-round pick, University of Missouri lefty Rob Zastryzny has a really nice career ahead of him. He has a good fastball, but struggles with command:
He may not turn into an ace, but Zastryzny could use his polish and solid fastball to reach the bigs as a back of the rotation starter soon rather than later.
The Cubs will end up with two starters in the bigs before the end of the next season. For a team that needs all the help it can get, this is a good start.
Player Readiness Grade: B+
The Tigers desperately need a closer. And they may have found one in Corey Knebel.
Knebel, the 39th overall selection, has had a dynamic season for Texas. He has a 1.13 ERA and has allowed just 28 hits in 55.2 innings, to go along with 19 saves.
He has excellent velocity and decent command. There's no reason that he won't reach the big leagues this year. In fact, he might be the first player from this class to do so.
With the Tigers bullpen needing reinforcement, it's not a stretch to think that Knebel will find himself closing big games come October.
Knebel's polish will allow him to quickly rise through the minor leagues, and start pitching important innings in Detroit before the year is over.
Player Readiness Grade: B
D.J. Peterson has perhaps the most polished bat in this draft class, and he'll soon be bringing his services to Safeco Field.
He has hit over .400 the past two seasons, and the New Mexico star has shown tremendous power. He is good at making contact, which is something he does consistently.
Peterson is not the best fielder, so his immediate future might be at DH. Still, Seattle has picked up a big-time hitter who will join the team next season.
Despite being inconsistent, Austin Wilson might have the best outfield arm of the class. His swing has a lot of holes, and he's not ready to face major league hitting. He is, however, ready to play defense in the bigs, and the Mariners would be wise to unleash his arm as a late-inning defensive replacement. As one of the best athletes in the class, Wilson has a chance to make a major impact on defense.
Wilson would give the Mariners the best outfield arm since Ichiro. If they're smart, they'll benefit from his defense sooner rather than later.