What if the top 5 Draft picks went according to need?

Unlike the NFL and NBA, players in the MLB Draft almost never make immediate contributions at the big league level. That’s why baseball teams don’t select based on need in the first round, especially at the top.

But what if they did? Here’s how the first five picks might play out …

Guardians: Charlie Condon, OF/3B, GeorgiaCleveland finished last in the Majors in home runs last season and second to last in 2022. The Guardians currently own the third-best record in baseball, thanks in part to a power surge that has them 10th in homers, but they could use more true homer threats in their lineup beyond Josh Naylor and José Ramírez. Enter Condon, who leads NCAA Division I in batting (.443), slugging (1.043, the sixth-highest mark ever), OPS (1.601), homers (35, a BBCOR-era record), extra-base hits (55) and total bases (219). He offers the best combination of pop, contact and plate discipline in this class.