2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft: Every Team's Ideal First-Round Target

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2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft: Every Team's Ideal First-Round Target
Tennessee lefty Daniel Norris will likely be one of the first high-schoolers taken in the 2011 MLB Draft.

The Major League Baseball Draft is almost upon us.

Well...not really, but it's inching its way closer, and with the possibility of no football off-season to look forward to, it looks like the MLB draft and signing deadline could be the talk of the summer season.

So, there's no time like the present to take a look at each team's needs, although that doesn't often play too big a role in the selection process come draft day.

Take as an example the Baltimore Orioles' draft thought process in 2008. Their first-round selection of cornerstone catcher Matt Wieters was praised as the turning point in the team's new direction, yet they spent a relatively high pick in the same draft on another talented catcher, Caleb Joseph.

Wha?

Clearly, need isn't the best barometer for selecting players in the big-league draft.

Better yet, let's try to match the teams with some players who make the most sense for them based on drafting patterns over the past 5-10 years, as well as a slight nod towards need, because, let's face it...eventually the Padres are going to have to draft a catcher pretty early on.

So let's get to it and examine each team's ideal draft target for the first-round, based on where they're selecting. 

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