Prior to the 2013 MLB draft, every team dreamed of the best available player on its big board satisfying its greatest need.
Some teams' dreams became reality. Others were left settling for a quality prospect who failed to fill a hole or even worse reaching for a prospect to fill a hole.
Here are the most talented players who filled a major need in the first round of Thursday’s draft.
4. 3B D.J. Peterson, New Mexico
Peterson is the first third baseman the Seattle Mariners ever selected in Round 1. That doesn’t necessarily translate to him solving a problem in the Mariners farm system, but he did just that with the 12th overall pick. Jason Churchill and Chris Crawford of ESPN listed a corner infielder who packs an offensive punch as the Mariners' greatest need, and Peterson, who batted .408 this season, fits the bill.
3. 3B Colin Moran, North Carolina
Almost every position the Miami Marlins could pick at sixth overall would have filled a hole—they have that many holes—and Moran satisfied one of those countless needs. The third baseman hit .348 this season and led the Tar Heels in RBI with 86. He’ll become one of the Marlins’ top offensive performers sooner rather than later.
2. RHP Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma
At 6’4”, 245 pounds with a fastball peaking in the triple digits, Gray could have been selected first overall. He fell to the Colorado Rockies at No. 3 instead, satisfying their craving for a starting pitcher.
Only two Rockies earned spots in Keith Law of ESPN’s top 100 minor league prospects (subscription required), and neither were pitchers.
1. RHP Mark Appel, Stanford
The Houston Astros didn’t only land the most talented player in the draft with the first overall pick—they also filled a major need on the mound.
Prior to picking Appel, Houston only selected one pitcher in the first round since 2006. That showed, as Houston only possessed one pitcher ranked in Law’s top 100 prospects (subscription required).
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and a news editor at Wade-O Radio.
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