MLB Draft 2012: Team-by-Team Needs and Ideal Targets

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MLB Draft 2012: Team-by-Team Needs and Ideal Targets
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Many of the prospects in the upcoming 2012 First-Year Player Draft (June 4-6) will be selected to fill specific needs for their MLB teams.

With that said, I present this list of ideal targets for all 30 clubs.

Drafting according to need isn't the most popular method (top talents frequently get chosen first regardless of fit), but it's an avenue worth exploring.

Determining which deficiencies to aid through the draft requires foresight and speculation, as picks will be tested in the minors before joining the 25-man roster. Trades are used to address immediate needs, whereas GMs draft for the future.

For each team, I've chosen a position that should be filled and a player—projected to go in the early rounds—who makes the most sense.

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