One of the good things about the draft rules set in place by the new collective bargaining agreement is the mid-July signing deadline, which means players have to be in your system by the middle of July. In other words, it essentially guarantees that your top picks will be making their professional debuts that summer -- assuming that the prospect isn't injured. Every "traditional" first-round pick got a taste of pro ball this summer, and only three of the top 39 selections (Ryne Stanek, Sean Manaea, and Aaron Judge) didn’t get some semblance of minor league time.
And while the sample size isn't huge, we have seen several players see their prospect stock rise -- and fall -- over the summer. Here’s a look at a few prospects in the 2013 draft class who have seen their status improve in the eyes of scouts and execs, and a few that may have more work to do than initially thought.
Austin Meadows, OF | Pittsburgh Pirates (No. 9 overall pick)
Meadows was one of the more divisive prospects heading into the draft, with some scouts believing the Georgia prep outfielder was a future middle-of-the-order center fielder and some questioning whether or not the natural ability would ever translate on the diamond.
Based on what teams saw this summer, it appears Meadows is much closer to the former.