While MLB teams hope to add quality ballplayers to their respective organizations through the first-year player draft, the ultimate goal of every organization is to draft players with high ceilings (also known as upside or potential)—guys who can be difference-makers and game-changers at the sport's highest level.
Of course, whether those players ever reach such lofty heights is a gigantic crapshoot, as multiple factors—whether they be mental, physical or environmental—can derail the careers of even the most talented athletes on the diamond.
For every Stephen Strasburg, there are three Brien Taylors.
Unfortunately, it's the nature of the beast—especially when you are drafting teenagers who are fresh out of high school and are not yet emotionally or physically mature (though they'll tell you otherwise, because, well, they're teenagers and they know more than we do).
In a perfect world, the ceilings of those players selected by a team in its most recent draft will be higher than those already in its minor league system.
With the the 2013 draft fresh in our minds, now seems like a perfect time to take a look at which teams succeeded in that endeavor and which teams did not.
Keep in mind that the word "ceiling" does not mean "best." Many of the players on this list are not considered to be their organization's top prospect, and I am not suggesting that any of these players will reach their ceilings at the major league level.
We are simply looking at what a player could become if he lives up to his potential.
For the sake of clarity, any player currently on a major league roster was deemed ineligible to appear on this list, whether they meet the criteria for being a prospect (fewer than 130 major league at-bats, 50 innings pitched or 30 relief appearances) or not.
So get out your ladders—we're about to reach some new heights.
All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are current through games of June 10.