The 2012 MLB Draft - although not entirely top-heavy with extreme talent - has plenty of quality players, giving fans of teams everywhere a chance to be optimistic.
This season, the Houston Astros selected No 1, taking an offensive force that will helpfully build a cornerstone for the franchise for years to come. Other team were able to help themselves for the future too, and some saw value slip all the way to them in late rounds.
The Pittsburgh Pirates steal a pick in the Top 10, the Astros load up and the Colorado Rockies discover depth to add for everywhere on the diamond.
Here's eight picks in the first day of the MLB draft that have extreme value: