MLB Draft Picks 2013: Players Who Will Become Faces of Their New Franchise

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2013

Promise and potential are the words of the day during the MLB draft. Only a select few will be able to harness that elusive vision and reach the major leagues, though. 

The draft is chock full of prospects who need a few years to build their skill sets, but many make significant contributions when their name gets called.

It could take a year, two or five, but some of these players will become a cornerstone of their franchise. Scroll down to find out who will.


Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

The Cubs disregarded the top pitching prospects after Mark Appel and rested their fortunes with a slugger.

The University of San Diego star has already eclipsed the all-time team record for home runs this season. His effortless swing must have made an impression on the Cubs, who are in need of hitting power this season.


The closest thing to a franchise player on the Cubs would be Starlin Castro or Anthony Rizzo, but they don't possess the sheer power Bryant will excite fans with in a year or so.

Austin Meadows, Pittsburgh Pirates

It may take a few years, but the Pirates came out of this draft with an outfielder sporting ridiculous potential.

Meadows posses the ability to be a five-tool player in the MLB given some seasoning in the minor leagues. It was thought that the dynamo outfielder prospect could go in the top five, but he fell into the Pirates' lap at No. 9.

At only 18 years old, though, Meadows will need time to grow into his potential. By then, Andrew McCutcheon and Starling Marte may be gone, but Meadows will be the heir apparent.


Mark Appel, Houston Astros

This year’s No. 1 pick looks to be the real deal, as he one-upped his junior season this year after rejecting the Pirates' contract offer.

Appel is considered to be one of the most polished pitchers in recent MLB draft history. He can throw three above-average pitches, including a filthy slider that can reach up to 88 mph.

Expect this year’s No. 1 pick to come to terms and to get called up to the majors quicker than others in the past. He could be the Astros’ ace when 2014 rolls around.


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