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With their highest pick since 2001, the Cubs are determined to add the kind of impact player that Theo Epstein used to build the Red Sox into World Series champs.
D-backs general manager Kevin Towers returned to his scouting roots the last few weeks, crisscrossing the country to see about 20 amateur players in preparation for this week's First-Year Player Draft.
For an organization like the Miami Marlins that is looking to address multiple needs, the hope is that having quantity makes up for what may be a lack of high-end quality in this year's First-Year Player Draft.
This year the Mariners have more uncertainty about who'll they wind up with in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft, given the way things could play out above them. What they do know is they'll wind up with an excellent young prospect.
With their first first-round pick in four years, the Tigers could snag a college arm like University of Florida right-hander Jonathon Crawford.
With the fifth-overall selection in what is considered a balanced Draft at the top of the board, the Indians will no doubt have numerous talented options to choose from when it is their turn to pick.
In recent summers, the A's have had the luxury of landing a reasonably high Draft pick, something they'll be without this year but for good reason, after putting together a 94-win 2012 campaign that culminated in a playoff appearance.
For years, the organization has carried out general manager Neal Huntington's mandate to flood the system with big pitchers with big arms. Now, the Pirates need to diversify their target.
When the 2013 edition of the First-Year Player Draft gets underway on Thursday, the Reds will then have to wait their turn patiently in the first round. This time around, they have the 27th overall pick.
With the No. 4 overall selection in the Draft, the Twins should be able to add an impact bat or arm, such as high school pitcher Kohl Stewart, to a farm system that is already consider among the game's best.
As much as the Red Sox have tried to distance themselves from the disaster of 2012, they came away with one reward from it -- the one they get to use on Thursday night. Boston will be in completely foreign territory in the early stages of this year's First-Year Player Draft when it gets to pick seventh.
Last year, the Dodgers veered from club custom of drafting pitching first by taking high school shortstop Corey Seager. They are likely to revert back to form this year, not only because that's scouting chief Logan White's calling card, but it's also need-based.
The Padres will have three of the top 69 picks in the Draft, and four of the top 86 overall selections. With plenty of good arms in the system, look for them to take their fair share of position players.
The Astros know the importance that comes with the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft -- a selection they have for the second straight year.
Picking at the back of the first round after reaching the playoffs, the task of picking after so many clubs have gone means the Orioles will have to cast a wider net as they plan for every possible scenario on Draft day.
The First-Year Player Draft continues to be the single most important event of the year for the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rangers will have the 23rd and 30th overall picks on Thursday when the 2013 First-Year Player Draft begins in New Jersey. A good bet suggests the Rangers will use at least one of those picks to take a high school pitcher.
Heading into his first two Drafts as the Mets' head of amateur scouting, Paul DePodesta was not sure if he would receive the quality of talent he desired with his first-round pick. This year should be different.
Giants director of amateur and international scouting John Barr said that this is a particularly unpredictable First-Year Player Draft that could result in eight to 10 players who intrigue the Giants still being available when they make their first selection with the 25th pick in Thursday's opening round.
Waiting has become a way of life for the Angels' amateur scouting department, which has been left without a first- or second-round Draft choice -- and sometimes both -- in six of the last eight years.
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