MLB Draft 2012: Minnesota Twins and Teams in Dire Need of Starting Pitching

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJune 3, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 30: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning on May 30, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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You can't win the World Series without strong pitching, and several MLB teams must address their need for a staff ace in the upcoming MLB draft, which will be Monday, June 4.

The Minnesota Twins are one team that must address their pitching weaknesses in this year's draft in order to improve and become a playoff contender.

Let's look at three teams in dire need of starting pitching.

Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins used to have several talented starting pitchers when they won the AL Central multiple times over the last decade.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 14: Matt Capps #55 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning on May 14, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 5-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/
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The Twins' 5.28 ERA is currently the worst in baseball right now, and unless they take a starting pitcher with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, those struggles won't get much better any time soon.

Minnesota also has the second-fewest amount of strikeouts and the highest batting average against. It's safe to say that pitching is the biggest weakness that the team must address on draft day.

Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have the second-worst ERA in baseball at 5.13 and the highest batting average against at .294, which is really bad.

DENVER, CO - MAY 31:  Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie #15 of the Colorado Rockies delviers against the Houston Astros at Coors Field on May 31, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Even though they play in a ballpark that's easy to hit at, there's no excuse for teams to be hitting close to .300 against you.

The Rockies must improve their pitching or they won't thrive in a competitive NL West division against quality teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

Boston Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 16:  Pitcher Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on May 16, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox starting rotation has been a nightmare over the last year. Young phenom Clay Buchholz is having a terrible year, Josh Beckett is not pitching like an ace, and John Lackey is hurt. When Lackey is healthy, he still isn't even very good.

If the team is contending around the all-star break, I would expect general manager Ben Cherington to look for a starter in the trade market, but he should still draft a starting pitcher on Monday anyway.