Upon the completion of MLB trades, we instinctively turn our attention to the veterans who moved and their immediate impacts.
In reality, the high-upside prospects who could change uniforms this July will be equally important in shifting baseball's balance of power.
Long-term building blocks can be acquired during the madness prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, like Elvis Andrus in 2007. Prominent minor league players who were dealt last summer included Jacob Turner and Jean Segura, and the latter is already blossoming into a superstar.
To address present weaknesses, contenders will once again consider sacrificing their prized youngsters.
The likelihoods of a player changing organizations or actually reaching his full potential did not affect his spot in these rankings.
*All stats accurate entering July 8, 2013 and provided by Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.