As the 2027 draft approaches, many owners find themselves in must win situations. Due to a knew 5 year rule, certain teams must show vast improvement, hit .500, or see themselves relegated to the Nippon League. Obviously, this rule stands to have an immediate impact on draft strategies for the teams in jeopardy of losing their teams. The Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies are in such positions, and will likely draft players that can help them as soon as possible. Of those 7 teams, 5 have top ten picks. With draft just days away, we take a look at the projected top ten picks in what will be a defining draft for all of the teams faced with potential relegation. 1) Boston Red Sox SP Francisco “Bijou” Silva Seemingly no owner is more likely to be relegated than kdp - he has a weak roster, and is in arguably the most difficult division in baseball. Having just traded away future star starting pitcher Tim "Cracker" Clement for the big bat of Juan Pamblanco, Silva HAS to be the pick here at 1. Notre Dame SS Robbie Paul will certainly tempt kdp here, and could be a dark horse, but it would be the wrong pick. Silva has ++ stuff, and is the most advanced arm in this draft (which, unfortunately, doesn't have any very advanced arms). kdp's best bet is to rush Silva, get him up for next season, and hope he can contribute in 2028. 2) Los Angeles Angels SS Robbie "Guns" Paul (Notre Dame) Unless the Sox take Paul #1, which seems unlikely, the Angels will be faced with a difficult decision. Ostensibly, Paul doesn't make a whole lot of sense - Chris Walls is an emerging star at SS, who should be called up shortly. Also, it's unlikely Paul can make the same kind of impact by 2028 as an arm could. Given that Paul is Notre Dame man, a school owner Peench is quite fond of, it's hard to imagine he passes on him here. Paul might just be the BPA, and at worst, should make for tasty trade bait. 3) Detroit Tigers SP Kenny "Boxy" Moore (Vanderbilt) Detroit is in an almost identical spot as Boston. With little MLB talent, a tough division, and a potential relegation, fmode will have to take whomever can make the most immediate impact. More has 3 + pitches, great intangibles, and absolutely dominated SEC hitters at Vanderbilt under Coach Tom Corbin. The southpaw routinely touches 95, and could potentially possess one of baseballs best changeups. The biggest question for Moore is whether or not said pitch develops fully. 4) Kansas City Royals SP Adrian "Iron Duke" Aquino (UMBC) The Royals will be tempted to take LF Walt Buckley, but a high schooler just presents too much risk for Bond at this point. Kansas City has one of the worst ERAs in the league, and no real specs ready to step in and turn around that rotation. Aquino lights up the radar gun, and has the potential for ++ stuff and a ++ fastball. 5) Washington Nationals LF Walt "Killer" Buckely (Bryan High School, Ohio) Having gone .500 last year, Coach Noles is safe from relegation. That being the case, he can take a bit of a chance on the player with arguably the most upside in the entire draft, Walt Buckley. With an aging outfield and a farm system void of any impact bats, Buckley will look to become Washington's next Bryce Harper.