MLB Draft 2014: Team-by-Team Needs and Targets

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MLB Draft 2014: Team-by-Team Needs and Targets
Nati Harnik/Associated Press

The path to Major League Baseball is so different than any other major sport in this country that its annual draft takes on an unusual feel. Players aren't taken with the hope of contributing right away, but rather they are first developed in the minors so they can hone their skills and be ready for the highest level. 

As a result of the draft structure, teams are rarely drafting on need, at least in the early rounds. You will see in the later rounds that clubs specifically go after talent to fill out the roster of a short-season team, but the top of the draft is about adding the best player available, regardless of position. 

That doesn't mean teams can't fill a glaring need along the way, but if that is a particular team's main strategy, it is potentially cutting itself off from getting an impact player. 

Now that all 30 franchises have started filling out draft boards and looked at the strengths and weaknesses of both the class and their respective system, here are the needs for each club as well as their top targets for the big event. Some targets are based on speculation while others are based on rumors.

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