MLB Draft 2015: Team-by-Team Needs

Luke Strickland@LSTRICK21Contributor IIIJune 4, 2015

MLB Draft 2015: Team-by-Team Needs

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    Vanderbilt's Dansby Swanson is considered one of the best players in the 2015 MLB draft.
    Vanderbilt's Dansby Swanson is considered one of the best players in the 2015 MLB draft.Associated Press

    It's that time of year, baseball fans—Round 1 of the 2015 MLB draft will take place on June 8 at 6 p.m. ET. 

    But before we get to that point, let's take a look at each team's biggest organizational needs heading into decision day. 

    Over the next 30 slides, we'll analyze what each MLB organization should focus on in this year's draft. Major league assets, as well as organizational depth, will play a huge role into what each team's biggest hole actually is. 

    Here we go!

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    The Diamondbacks should take the best overall position player in this year's draft, Dansby Swanson.
    The Diamondbacks should take the best overall position player in this year's draft, Dansby Swanson.Peter Aiken/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Impact Position Player

    The Arizona Diamondbacks need starting pitching, but with pitchers Archie Bradley, Braden Shipley, Aaron Blair, Touki Toussaint and Yoan Lopez making up the top five prospects in the Arizona farm system, the Snakes should take the best position player available. 

    Paul Goldschmidt, Yasmany Tomas and A.J. Pollock give Arizona a solid core to work with on the big league roster. But aside from those three, there's little offensive talent under team control throughout the rest of the organization. 

    Arizona can change that by taking the best position player available with the first overall pick. That could wind up being Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson, which would be a nice selection for the Diamondbacks. 

Atlanta Braves

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    John Hart has a clear vision for the future of the Atlanta Braves.
    John Hart has a clear vision for the future of the Atlanta Braves.Dave Tulis/Associated Press

    Biggest Need: Left-Handed Pitching

    It's hard to imagine the Atlanta Braves not taking a pitcher with the 14th overall pick.

    After all, president of baseball operations John Hart has made acquiring young hurlers a priority since taking over the Braves' reclamation project this offseason. Hart was able to snag the likes of Shelby Miller, Mike Foltynewicz, Matt Wisler, Manny Banuelos, Max Fried, Ricardo Sanchez and Tyrell Jenkins in a matter of months. 

    That's some pretty good work.

    But with Mike Minor's concerning shoulder troubles, there's a lack of a left-handed starter on the big league roster. Banuelos, Fried and/or Sanchez could all develop into dependable southpaws, but don't be surprised to see Atlanta flirt with names like Tyler Jay of Illinois, high schooler Kolby Allard or Brady Aiken if his injury history causes teams to pass on him. 

Baltimore Orioles

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    Adam Jones is the only long-term outfielder within the Orioles organization.
    Adam Jones is the only long-term outfielder within the Orioles organization.Patrick Semansky/Associated Press/Associated Press

    Biggest Need: Outfield

    Other than Adam Jones, the Baltimore Orioles lack potential impact outfielders throughout their organization. 

    In the minors, Mike Yastrzemski (10) and Josh Hart (22) are the only outfielders among Baltimore's top 30 prospects. In terms of major league options, Delmon Young, Travis Snider and Steve Pearce are obviously not long-term options. 

    At 25, The O's will be looking at players like Cincinnati's Ian Happ, Michigan high schooler Nick Plummer or Florida State's D.J. Stewart. 

Boston Red Sox

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    John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox should be in the market for a starting pitcher in the draft.
    John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox should be in the market for a starting pitcher in the draft.Charles Krupa/Associated Press

    Biggest Need: Starting Pitching

    It's no secret that the Boston Red Sox would love to acquire an ace to replace the void left behind when Jon Lester decided to sign with the Chicago Cubs. 

    Boston tried to piece together a makeshift rotation filled with high-risk, high-reward hurlers, and it just hasn't worked. The club will likely look to trade for a front-line starter at the deadline or sign one in the offseason, but it would still be wise to bring another young arm into the fold. 

    The Red Sox own the seventh overall pick, which would put them in position to take their favorite available arm.

Chicago Cubs

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    Can the Cubs follow up their Kris Bryant pick with another successful choice in the 2015 draft?
    Can the Cubs follow up their Kris Bryant pick with another successful choice in the 2015 draft?Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Starting Pitching

    The Chicago Cubs' loaded farm system has already paid dividends in 2015. With Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler on the big league roster and plenty of prospects on the horizon, the future—and present, for that matter—is bright in the Windy City. 

    Many of those top prospects are position players, however, so the Cubbies should be looking to grab a pitcher with the ninth overall pick. 

    It's always important to take the best overall talent regardless of where he played last season. But an accomplished college arm like Vanderbilt's Walker Buehler or Louisville's Kyle Funkhouser might give the Cubs somebody a bit closer to contributing in the majors. 

Chicago White Sox

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    The White Sox should draft a pitcher to pair with youngster Carlos Rodon in a future rotation.
    The White Sox should draft a pitcher to pair with youngster Carlos Rodon in a future rotation.Bob Levey/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Pitching 

    The Chicago White Sox have underperformed offensively, but they should still think pitching with the eighth overall pick. 

    Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera are all under team control for the next few seasons. Youngsters Micah Johnson, Carlos Sanchez and Tim Anderson figure to also play a big role in the future. 

    Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon will make a potent one-two punch, but Jeff Samardzija will be a free agent at season's end. Chicago had success going the college route with Rodon, so don't be surprised to see the club draft a more polished hurler. 

Cincinnati Reds

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    Jesse Winker should make a major league impact shortly, but the Reds should still take an outfielder with the 11th overall pick.
    Jesse Winker should make a major league impact shortly, but the Reds should still take an outfielder with the 11th overall pick.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Outfield

    The Cincinnati Reds have suffered through a tough sophomore season from Billy Hamilton and continued mediocrity from Jay Bruce in 2015. With Marlon Byrd absent from the team's long-term plans, the Reds could use an influx of outfield talent. 

    Jesse Winker, Cincinnati's No. 2 overall prospect, figures to be a fine major league player. But with Hamilton's everyday status in jeopardy and Bruce continuing to decline, taking the best available outfielder is the way to go in this draft. 

    Fortunately for the Reds, an impact outfielder can likely be had with the 11th overall pick. Trenton Clark and Garrett Whitley are names to watch here. 

Cleveland Indians

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    Trevor Bauer leads a talented rotation in the majors, but Cleveland's farm system lacks an impact hurler.
    Trevor Bauer leads a talented rotation in the majors, but Cleveland's farm system lacks an impact hurler.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Pitching

    The Cleveland Indians tout a young, talented major league starting rotation, but they lack that impact minor league arm most teams hope to have on the farm. 

    Cleveland's highest-rated pitching prospect is Justus Sheffield at No. 8. With Francisco Lindor, Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer hoping to be in the big leagues by 2017, grabbing a high-end pitching talent with the 17th overall pick is the most sensible decision. 

    The Tribe have an abundance of righties, so southpaws Kolby Allard, Nathan Kirby or Justin Hooper could hear their name called when Cleveland's on the clock. 

Colorado Rockies

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    Colorado's pick could tell us a lot about Troy Tulowitzki's future with the club.
    Colorado's pick could tell us a lot about Troy Tulowitzki's future with the club.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Best Overall Position Player

    Starting pitching has been a key focus for the Colorado Rockies in recent drafts. Jon Gray, Eddie Butler and Kyle Freeland each have bright futures ahead of them, even if they have to spend half their time at Coors Field. 

    As far as position players go, who Colorado takes with the third overall pick might give us a glimpse at the club's future plans. With both Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez consistently being mentioned in trade whispers, the Rockies could use this draft to replace their potentially soon-to-be traded talents. 

    Colorado will have the chance to pick one of the three top shortstops in the draft: Vanderbilt's Dansby Swanson, LSU's Alex Bregman or high schooler Brendan Rodgers. Outfielders like Kyle Tucker or Dazmon Cameron would also be solid choices. 

Detroit Tigers

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    If the Tigers can't lock up David Price, organizational pitching depth will become a huge concern.
    If the Tigers can't lock up David Price, organizational pitching depth will become a huge concern.Harry How/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Pitching

    The Detroit Tigers lost Max Scherzer to a jaw-dropping payday last winter and could be headed that way again with David Price. 

    If the Tigers are unable to lock up Price to a long-term extension, Detroit's consistently great rotation could be in trouble. Justin Verlander is on the back end of his career, while the rest of the staff lacks anyone who figures to be involved in future plans. 

    Buck Farmer and Kevin Ziomek have yet to crack MLB's top 100 prospects list, so selecting a starting pitcher with the 22nd overall pick is a no-brainer. Phil Bickford, Donny Everett and Michael Matuella all fit the mold of the power pitcher that Detroit is so fond of. 

Houston Astros

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    Carlos Correa leads a new wave of Houston youngsters that the Astros will only add to with two picks in the top five.
    Carlos Correa leads a new wave of Houston youngsters that the Astros will only add to with two picks in the top five.David Goldman/Associated Press

    Biggest Need: Best Overall Pitcher and Best Overall Player

    The Houston Astros are good now and will be for quite some time. With a loaded farm system and talented youngsters oozing from the organization, Houston can solidify its astronomical future by hitting with two of the top five picks in the draft. 

    At No. 2, Houston should scoop up its top-rated pitching prospect. For many, that's Dillon Tate of UC Santa Barbara. Combining Tate with Lance McCullers, Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Mark Appel in a future rotation would be dynamite. 

    With such a deep farm system, the Astros could gamble with Brady Aiken as well. But grabbing the best overall position player would complete a great first round of picks. Shortstops are off the board due to uber-prospect Carlos Correa, but Dazmon Cameron or Kyle Tucker could be possibilities at No. 5. 

    Let's just say it's a good time to be a Houston Astros fan. 

Kansas City Royals

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    The Kansas City Royals should be looking for Alex Gordon's eventual replacement in this draft.
    The Kansas City Royals should be looking for Alex Gordon's eventual replacement in this draft.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Outfield

    The Kansas City Royals have one of the deepest rosters in the majors, but the reigning American League champions could use an impact outfielder in this year's draft. 

    Lorenzo Cain is locked up until 2018, but the Royals have a decision to make with 31-year-old Alex Gordon inching toward free agency in 2016. Regardless, a first-round outfield talent would give Kansas City a contingency plan should it choose to not pick up Gordon's tab. 

    The Royals have picks at 21 and 33, which should put them in position to draft players like Garrett Whitley or Nick Plummer. 

Los Angeles Angels

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    The Los Angeles Angels must address a lack of middle infield depth throughout the organization.
    The Los Angeles Angels must address a lack of middle infield depth throughout the organization.Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Middle Infield

    The Los Angeles Angels must address a lack of middle infield talent in this year's draft. 

    Erick Aybar is 31 and has seen a slide in production this season, while Johnny Giavotella isn't a long-term option at second base. Looking at the minor leagues, Julio Garcia is the first middle infielder in the Angels system at No. 10

    The Angels have the 26th pick in the draft, so they'll be hoping one of the many talented shortstops falls to them that late. Georgia high schooler Cornelius Randolph, Arizona's Kevin Newman and Florida's Richie Martin are names to watch. 

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Corey Seager is an elite prospect, but the Dodgers should play it safe with their first-round pick.
    Corey Seager is an elite prospect, but the Dodgers should play it safe with their first-round pick.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Biggest Need: Low-Risk Prospects

    The Los Angeles Dodgers are probably the most talented organization in the majors, but the farm system might be considered a little top-heavy. 

    Sure, Corey Seager and Julio Urias are elite, can't-miss players. But the Dodgers lack those prospects in the rest of the minors, especially at the lower levels. Therefore, a low-risk prospect would help solidify the rest of the farm. 

    The Dodgers draft at No. 24, so look for names like UCLA's James Kaprielian, Florida State's D.J. Stewart and Cincinnati's Ian Happ to be in the mix. 

Miami Marlins

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    The Marlins need to continue to acquire top-tier pitching talent to pair with ace Jose Fernandez and a budding core.
    The Marlins need to continue to acquire top-tier pitching talent to pair with ace Jose Fernandez and a budding core.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Starting Pitching

    The Miami Marlins may be a mess in terms of leadership, but there's plenty of young talent on the major league roster. 

    One of Miami's biggest issues this season has been its starting pitching. Losing ace Jose Fernandez for the first few months hurt, but Jarred Cosart and Mat Latos have not lived up to expectations. Dan Haren likely will retire or depart as a free agent after this season, leaving question marks about the future of the rotation. 

    The Marlins chose flamethrower Tyler Kolek in the 2014 draft and should consider going in a similar route in 2015. With the 12th pick, Miami has the luxury of sifting through a bevy of talented options that should be available. 

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Jimmy Nelson is a nice player, but the Brewers need more starting pitching talent.
    Jimmy Nelson is a nice player, but the Brewers need more starting pitching talent.Michael Thomas/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Starting Pitching

    Of all the teams that should draft a pitcher, the Milwaukee Brewers might be the most needy. 

    Jimmy Nelson and Wily Peralta have shown flashes in their young careers, but the farm system is barren in terms of pitching talent. Milwaukee has no hurlers in the top 100 and only two pitchers in its top eight prospects. 

    In a draft loaded with pitching potential, the Brewers need to strike gold with the 15th overall pick. Maybe a top-end talent like Tyler Jay or Jon Harris falls to them, but guys like Kyle Funkhouser and Ashe Russell are more likely options. 

Minnesota Twins

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    Byron Buxton is a future star, but can the Twins find another one with the sixth pick?
    Byron Buxton is a future star, but can the Twins find another one with the sixth pick?Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Position Player Talent

    The Minnesota Twins are on the cusp of special things. The club is playing well to begin 2015 and touts one of the top farm systems in baseball. 

    The major league roster consists of unassuming guys working together to score runs. With top-tier prospects like Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano on the way, that offense figures to improve over the next few seasons. 

    As for Minnesota's sixth overall pick, adding position player talent makes the most sense. The Twins would be thrilled to snag either Dazmon Cameron or Kyle Tucker to continue the organization's momentum. 

New York Mets

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    The Mets have taken care of the starting pitching. It's time to find the bats.
    The Mets have taken care of the starting pitching. It's time to find the bats.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Offensive Talent

    The New York Mets have returned to relevancy behind shrewd draft picks involving the organization's starting pitching. 

    Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz could potentially make up the best rotation in MLB one day. While pitching definitely wins championships, the Mets could use some offense to go along with that vaunted staff.

    Unfortunately, the Mets don't have a pick until No. 53 in the second round. Names like Boston College's Chris Shaw, California high schooler Tyler Nevin and Tennessee's Christian Stewart could be possibilities at that spot. 

New York Yankees

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    The Yankees would love to add another starter to go with the talented Luis Severino.
    The Yankees would love to add another starter to go with the talented Luis Severino.Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Biggest Need: Starting Pitching

    While Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda give the New York Yankees a potent one-two punch moving forward, drafting another starting pitcher with the 16th overall pick would be a wise move. 

    Luis Severino has skyrocketed up numerous prospect rankings, but he's really the only top-tier pitching talent the Yankees have in the minors. New York loves to make splashes in free agency, but maybe the success of the homegrown Severino can persuade it to go with another hurler in the 2015 draft. 

    Names to watch include Kyle Funkhouser, Ashe Russell and Mike Nikorak. Another interesting player to keep an eye on is Brady Aiken, as the Yankees can afford to gamble on the talented youngster with their gaudy payroll. 

Oakland A's

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    Billy Beane has been pretty reliable in past drafts.
    Billy Beane has been pretty reliable in past drafts.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Outfield

    The Oakland A's seem to always draft quality players. In the 2015 draft, general manager Billy Beane should direct his attention toward improving his organization's outfield depth. 

    Josh Reddick is under contract through 2016, but he could be dealt if Oakland decides to completely sell at the deadline. The rest of the major league roster shouldn't be considered long-term options, and you won't find an outfielder on the A's prospect list until Billy Burns at No. 20

    With the 20th pick, Oakland could take players like Florida State's D.J. Stewart or high schooler Nick Plummer. 

Philadelphia Phillies

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    If the Phillies are going to move on from Cole Hamels, they need to draft a starting pitcher.
    If the Phillies are going to move on from Cole Hamels, they need to draft a starting pitcher.Patrick Smith/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Starting Pitching

    The Philadelphia Phillies farm system could look vastly different by the trade deadline, but for now, the Phils should concentrate on pitching with the 10th overall pick. 

    It seems inevitable that Philadelphia will trade Cole Hamels, leaving Aaron Nola as the team's lone pitching asset. Hamels' return will likely net pitching prospects, but the Phillies should take advantage of the talent they can get picking in the top 10.

    One of the Vanderbilt hurlers, Carson Fulmer or Walker Buehler, would be a great fit in Philadelphia. 

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Jung-Ho Kang has proven capable, but the Pirates should still be in the market for a middle infielder.
    Jung-Ho Kang has proven capable, but the Pirates should still be in the market for a middle infielder.Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    Biggest Need: Middle Infield 

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are loaded with pitching and outfield talent at both the major and minor league levels. 

    But the Pirates could use an upgrade in terms of their middle infield. Jung-Ho Kang has been solid in his first year in the league, but he's still 28. With Neil Walker closing in on 30 as well, finding a future shortstop should be a priority in this draft. 

    At No. 19, Pittsburgh would love to see Cornelius Randolph, Kevin Newman or Richie Martin fall to them. 

San Diego Padres

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    We know A.J. Preller can make creative trades, but can he draft?
    We know A.J. Preller can make creative trades, but can he draft?Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press

    Biggest Need: Pitching

    General manager A.J. Preller made quite the splash this offseason, turning the also-ran San Diego Padres into a relevant contender. 

    Looking at the team's minor league assets, the Padres don't have much in terms of starting pitching. The first hurler on the list is Casey Kelly at No. 9

    Due to the abundance of moves this winter, the Padres won't pick until the second round. Miami's Andrew Suarez and Arizona State's Ryan Burr are polished college starters who can likely be had when San Diego is on the clock. 

San Francisco Giants

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    Hunter Pence is the lone outfield asset throughout the San Francisco organization.
    Hunter Pence is the lone outfield asset throughout the San Francisco organization.Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

    Biggest Need: Outfield

    The San Francisco Giants need outfield help at the lower levels, as there's not one outfielder in San Fran's top 10 prospects. 

    That's alarming considering the state of the major league roster. Hunter Pence is under contract through 2018, but Nori Aoki and Angel Pagan don't figure to be in the club's future plans. The Giants are covered in other areas throughout the system, but an impact outfielder needs to be found in this draft. 

    At 31, San Francisco could wind up with North Florida's Donnie Dewees, Florida State's D.J. Stewart or Texas high schooler Mitch Hansen. 

Seattle Mariners

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    Seattle's major league pitching talent is great, but the rest of the organization needs to improve.
    Seattle's major league pitching talent is great, but the rest of the organization needs to improve.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Pitching Depth

    At the major league level, the Seattle Mariners have plenty of pitching talent. Led by Felix Hernandez, Seattle's rotation will undoubtedly improve as the year progresses. 

    In the developmental levels, however, there's not much to talk about outside of right-hander Edwin Diaz. But even he is only the sixth-rated prospect in the Seattle organization. 

    Seattle doesn't pick until the second round, but it will have the opportunity to grab a college hurler who will immediately upgrade the system's depth. Arizona State lefty Brett Lilek, who was drafted by the Mariners in the 37th round in 2012, could be a viable option. 

St. Louis Cardinals

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    The Cardinals love young pitching, so it's hard to see them changing gears in the 2015 draft.
    The Cardinals love young pitching, so it's hard to see them changing gears in the 2015 draft.Michael Thomas/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Pitching

    The reason the St. Louis Cardinals continue to be one of the premier organizations in baseball is because the club seems to stockpile starting pitching. 

    With John Lackey and Adam Wainwright on the other side of 30, the Cards should consider sticking to their guns and grabbing another starter with the 23rd overall pick. St. Louis has plenty of young talent in Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn and Carlos Martinez, which allows it to gamble if it desires. 

    An interesting name to watch is Duke's Michael Matuella, who has elite stuff but has been hampered by injuries throughout his college career.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    The Rays upgraded their outfield by trading for Steven Souza, but another outfielder would upgrade the organization's depth.
    The Rays upgraded their outfield by trading for Steven Souza, but another outfielder would upgrade the organization's depth.Harry How/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Outfield

    The Tampa Bay Rays made a clever, under-the-radar deal, acquiring Steven Souza from the Washington Nationals last winter. Souza has played well, giving the Rays a young outfielder to build with. 

    Desmond Jennings has provided glimpses of his talent, although he's battled a knee injury this season. Kevin Kiermaier made waves in 2014 but remains a 31st-round pick. With no impressive talents in the minors, Tampa Bay's eyes should be scanning the draft for an outfielder. 

    At 13, the Rays could end up with the talented Trenton Clark or Garrett Whitley. Either would be a solid selection who upgrades the organization's depth. 

Texas Rangers

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    The Rangers shouldn't let Elvis Andrus' contract extension deter them from taking one of the top three shortstops in the draft.
    The Rangers shouldn't let Elvis Andrus' contract extension deter them from taking one of the top three shortstops in the draft.Al Bello/Getty Images

    Biggest Need: Middle Infield

    Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar will get a chance to play together as the middle infield for the Texas Rangers, but the trio of shortstops at the top of this draft is too good to pass on. 

    Andrus is under contract through 2022, but has struggled over the last two seasons. Profar won't suit up in 2015 due to injury, which clouds doubt about the duo's future with the club. With no real replacements in the minors, the Rangers can't afford to miss out on one of the draft's best players.

    Depending on what goes on before they pick, the Rangers will likely have the opportunity to select either Brendan Rodgers, Dansby Swanson or Alex Bregman. Texas would be foolish not to. 

Toronto Blue Jays

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    The struggles of Daniel Norris and Aaron Sanchez should concern the Toronto Blue Jays.
    The struggles of Daniel Norris and Aaron Sanchez should concern the Toronto Blue Jays.Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

    Biggest Need: Pitching

    Toronto entered the season hoping its trio of young hurlers would be ready to compete in the AL East. 

    Unfortunately for the Jays, Marcus Stroman was lost for the season due to an injury in spring training, and Daniel Norris and Aaron Sanchez have struggled in the big leagues. It's too soon to pass judgement on what those early problems mean for their careers, but Toronto should still use the 29th overall pick on an arm. 

    It would behoove the Jays to draft a college pitcher who could potentially reach the big leagues quicker than a high school hurler. Nathan Kirby, Cody Ponce and Alex Young all could be options for Toronto. 

Washington Nationals

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    If the Nats aren't going to bring back Ian Desmond, a shortstop should become a priority.
    If the Nats aren't going to bring back Ian Desmond, a shortstop should become a priority.Alex Brandon/Associated Press

    Biggest Need: Middle Infield

    The Washington Nationals have a handful of short-term, middle infield options on the major league roster. 

    Yunel Escobar, Dan Uggla and Danny Espinosa work for the Nats this year but won't be fixes for Washington in the future. Anthony Rendon can play second but is probably better suited to play third. 

    Of course, the elephant in the room is Ian Desmond, who is a free agent at the end of the season. It doesn't seem like the Nats are going to pay the 29-year-old shortstop with defensive issues the big money he desires. Therefore, Washington must try to snag a shortstop in this year's draft. 

    The Nats don't pick until the second round, but San Diego's Kyle Holder, Alabama's Mikey White and Georgia high schooler Alonzo Jones have the ability to turn into quality major leaguers. 

    Advanced stats courtesy of FanGraphs. Stats accurate as of 6/3. 

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