2010 MLB Draft Results: Players Ready for Immediate Impact
The MLB draft means more than just a replenishment of the many major league farm systems.
Like a political poster, the draft screams change and, more importantly, hope for a winning future.
MLB's worst teams are giddy at the prospects of achieving this winning future; they look at their top draft picks as not only tickets out of last place, but also as keys to the pennant.
Some of these teams are in such dire need for improvement that they could use the help now sooner rather later.
So who will get to the majors first? Who has the potential to start helping right away?
Here is a list of baseball's readiest prospects.
The Cleveland Indians selected perhaps the city's best athlete since the Cavaliers nabbed LeBron James in 2003.
Drew Pomeranz, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Mississippi, has the potential to change the Cleveland Indians' laughably bad ballclub with his strong arm.
This year, Pomeranz went 9-2 with a 2.24 ERA at Ole Miss. He already has a decent fastball and two curveballs, and is developing a changeup.
This arsenal could prove to be a deadly addition to the Indians' pitching staff, which is currently 26th in MLB.
The Cincinnati Reds picked up Yasmani Grandal Monday as the 12th overall pick in the draft.
Yasmani is an experienced college catcher, who is hitting .412 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI with the University of Miami Hurricanes.
The Reds' current catcher, Ramon Hernandez, is pretty good, but he's getting old. At 34, Hernandez only has a few good years left.
Yasmani would not only add to the Reds' powerful hitting, he would also provide a fresh defender behind the plate for the Reds' pitching staff, a new and potentially helpful adviser in the attack against the opposing team's batter.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have the worst pitching staff in MLB. They need help, and they need it fast.
Although he will likely not enter the major leagues right away, Texas A&M right-hander Barret Loux will be an essential piece to the Arizona pitching puzzle within the next few years—provided he signs, that is.
Loux, the sixth overall pick in the draft, went 11-2 with a 2.60 ERA with the Aggies this year, using a 90+ mph fastball and an effective changeup.
If it keeps Loux in its franchise, Arizona may be looking at their best pitcher since Randy Johnson. Maybe.
The Washington Nationals are THAT bad.
We all know Bryce Harper, as this year's No. 1 overall pick, has the potential to be one of the best players in MLB.
Even with Stephen Strasburg making his major league debut, the Nationals' ballclub has many problems to fix.
Washington is currently 19th in team batting. This stat would not be so terrible if the Nationals were not also in the middle of the road at 18th in pitching.
So why not get Harper out there?
It's unrealistic, but it wouldn't make the Nationals any worse.
The Milwaukee Brewers have the second worst pitching staff in MLB, behind only the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Although he is only 18, right-hander Dylan Covey could have a huge impact on the Milwaukee franchise in a few years.
This year, Covey went 7-1 with a 0.40 ERA at his high school. He was also named the Gatorade California Baseball Player of the Year in 2009.
Sure, Covey's really young and, yes, he will probably spend a lot of time in the farm system before coming up; but hey, the Brewers are bad—they need pitching and they need it as soon as possible.
Covey could have a huge impact in Milwaukee.