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Monday, September 30, 2013

2014 MLB Draft order determined

Patrick Ebert        
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Updated Sat., Dec. 21, 2013

For the first time in the history of the June Amateur First-Year Player Draft, the Houston Astros will own the first overall pick for the third consecutive year. Only two other teams in the history of the draft have selected back-to-back, the Washington Nationals (2009-10) and the Tampa Bay Rays (2007-08). Those picks have produced MLB All-Stars David Price, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, reason for Astros fans to be hopeful with their most recent selections, Mark Appel and Carlos Correa, as well as whoever they take No. 1 in 2014.

It should be noted that the draft used to alternate picks between the American and National Leagues, meaning it wasn't even possible for teams to have back-to-back picks prior to 2005.

NC State lefthander Carlos Rodon is viewed by most as the frontrunner to be selected first overall next June, a status he has held since his sensational freshman season.  In two years Rodon has gone 19-3 with a 2.33 ERA and a 319-to-86 strikeout to walk ratio in 247 innings of work. The 6-foot-3, 234-pound lefthander works in the mid- to upper-90s with his fastball, and also throws a mid- to upper-80s wipeout  slider.

Royals surge out of the top 10

For the first time since 2009, and only the fifth in 18 years, the Kansas City Royals will not be selecting among the top 10 overall picks. With a 86-76 season in which they just missed the playoffs, the Royals enjoyed a successful 2013 season in large part due to the multiple, early picks they have had in recent years. Billy Butler (2004), Alex Gordon (2005), Mike Moustakas (2007) and Eric Hosmer (2008) served as the heart of the Royals' batting order and represent four of team's first-round picks in the last 10 years -- Gordon, Moustakas and Hosmer all being selected among the top 10 overall picks. Luke Hochevar and Aaron Crow hold the same distinction, and filled integral roles out of the team's bullpen this season.

The Boston Red Sox, who finished the 2012 season with the seventh-worst record in all of baseball, finished the 2013 season tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the best overall record in baseball, a jump of 23 slots in the raw draft order.

The Cleveland Indians enjoyed a big jump of their own, going from the fifth overall pick in 2013 to the 24th slot in 2014.

After enjoying their first winning season in over 20 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates saw a similar jump in the draft order, going from 14 (not including their compensatory selection for unsigned 2012 pick Mark Appel) to 27.  This is especially notable considering they selected first overall in 2011 when they chose Gerrit Cole.

The Chicago White Sox, who held the No. 18 slot in the 2013 raw draft order, fell 15 spots with the No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 draft.

The Marlins, Cubs, Twins, Rockies and Blue Jays once again join the Astros early in the draft order.  2014 will be the fourth year in the row the Cubs will have a selection among the top 10 overall picks, the third for the Marlins and Twins and Rockies.

2014 Raw Draft Order

Here is how the raw order of the first round of the 2014 draft will stack up, with the order of the competitive balance lottery and unsigned 2013 picks to follow.

Tie-breakers for teams that finished with the exact same record/winning percentage are awarded to the team that finished with the worse record the previous season.

Changes to the draft order due to free agent signings will be reflected once teams start signing players in the offseason.

PK Team Record Win % 1st Pick 2013 (pick) 1st Pick 2012 (pick) 1st Pick 2011 (pick)
1 Houston Astros 51-111 .315 Mark Appel (1) Carlos Correa (1)
George Springer (11)
2 Miami Marlins 62-100 .383 Colin Moran (6) Andrew Heaney (9)
Jose Fernandez (14)
3 Chicago White Sox 63-99 .389 Tim Anderson (17) Courtney Hawkins (13)
Keenyn Walker (47)
4 Chicago Cubs 66-96 .407 Kris Bryant (2) Albert Almora (6)
Javier Baez (9)
5 Minnesota Twins 66-96 .407 Kohl Stewart (4) Byron Buxton (2)
Levi Michael (30)
6 Seattle Mariners 71-91 .438 D.J. Peterson (12) Mike Zunino (3) Danny Hultzen (2)
7 Philadelphia Phillies 73-89 .451 J.P. Crawford (16) Shane Watson (40)
Larry Greene (39)
8 Colorado Rockies 74-88 .457 Jonathan Gray (3) David Dahl (10)
Tyler Anderson (20)
9 Toronto Blue Jays 74-88 .457 Phil Bickford (10)*
D.J. Davis (17)
Tyler Beede (21)
10 New York Mets 74-88 .457 Dominic Smith (11) Gavin Cecchini (12)
Brandon Nimmo (13)
11 Toronto Blue Jays* NA NA Compensatory pick NA
12 Milwaukee Brewers 74-88 .457 Devin Williams (54) Clint Coulter (27)
Taylor Jungmann (12)
13 San Diego Padres 76-86 .469 Hunter Renfroe (13) Max Fried (7)
Cory Spangenberg (10)
14 San Francisco Giants 76-86 .469 Christian Arroyo (25) Chris Stratton (20)
Joe Panik (29)
15 Los Angeles Angels 78-84 .481 Hunter Green (59) R.J. Alvarez (114)
C.J. Cron (17)
16 Arizona Diamondbacks 81-81 .500 Braden Shipley (15) Stryker Trahan (26)
Trevor Bauer (3)
17 @Baltimore Orioles 85-77 .525 Hunter Harvey (22) Kevin Gausman (4)
Dylan Bundy (4)
18 @New York Yankees 85-77 .525 Eric Jagielo (26) Ty Hensley (30)
Dante Bichette (51)
19 (17) Kansas City Royals 86-76 .531 Hunter Dozier (8) Kyle Zimmer (5)
Bubba Starling (5)
20 (18) Washington Nationals 86-76 .531 Jake Johansen (68) Lucas Giolito (16)
Anthony Rendon (6)
21 (19) Cincinnati Reds 90-72 .556 Phillip Ervin (27) Nick Travieso (14)
Robert Stephenson (27)
22 @Texas Rangers 91-72 .558 Alex Gonzalez (23) Lewis Brinson (29)
Kevin Matthews (33)
23 (20) Tampa Bays Rays 92-71 .564 Nick Ciuffo (21) Richie Shaffer (25)
Taylor Guerrieri (24)
24 (21) Cleveland Indians 92-70 .568 Clint Frazier (5) Tyler Naquin (15)
Francisco Lindor (8)
25 (22) Los Angeles Dodgers 92-70 .568 Chris Anderson (18) Corey Seager (18)
Chris Reed (16)
26 (23) Detroit Tigers 93-69 .574 Jonathon Crawford (20) Jake Thompson (91)
James McCann (76)
27 (24) Pittsburgh Pirates 94-68 .580 Austin Meadows (9) Mark Appel (8)
Gerrit Cole (1)
28 (25) Oakland Athletics 96-66 .593 Billy McKinney (24) Addison Russell (11)
Sonny Gray (18)
29. @Atlanta Braves 96-66 .593 Jason Hursh (31) Lucas Sims (21)
Sean Gilmartin (28)
30 (26) Boston Red Sox 97-65 .599 Trey Ball (7) Deven Marrero (24)
Matthew Barnes (19)
31 (27) St. Louis Cardinals 97-65 .599 Marco Gonzales (19) Michael Wacha (19)
Kolten Wong (22)

*Compensation for unsigned 2013 first-round pick Phil Bickford
@Picks lost to signing free agents:
  • The New York Yankees lose their first-round pick, originally 18th overall, for signing Brian McCann
  • The New York Yankees lose their second pick (currently one of their projected compensatory selections) for signing Jacoby Ellsbury
  • The New York Yankees lose their third pick (current their second projected compensatory selections) for signing Carlos Beltran
  • The Seattle Mariners lose their second pick (currently the first pick of Compensation Round A) for signing Robinson Cano
  • The New York Mets lose their second pick (in the second round) for signing Curtis Granderson
  • The Texas Rangers lose their first-round pick, originally 22nd overall, for signing Shin-Soo Choo
  • The Baltimore Orioles lose their first-round pick, originally 17th overall, for signing Ubaldo Jimenez
  • The Baltimore Orioles lose their second-round pick for signing Nelson Cruz
  • The Atlanta Braves lose their first-round pick, originally 29th overall, for signing Ervin Santana

There were only two other unsigned players from the 2013 draft that will affect next year's order:

  • Matt Krook, 35th overall selection (supplemental first round) - the Marlins will be awarded the 36th overall pick in the 2014 draft
  • Ben DeLuzio, 80th overall selection (third round) - the Marlins will be awarded a pick after the third round in the 2014 draft

Compensation Round A

Below is the list of players that were offered, and rejected qualifying offers. They teams that don't re-sign these free agents will be given a compensatory selection as listed below. The teams that sign these players will lose their first round picks, unless they have a pick among the top 10 overall selections, in which they would lose their next pick.

1. @Seattle Mariners (Kendry Morales)
2. @New York Yankees (Robinson Cano - signed with the Seattle Mariners)
3. @New York Yankees (Curtis Granderson - signed with the New York Mets)
4 (28). Kansas City Royals (Ervin Santana - signed with the Atlanta Braves)
5 (29). Cincinnati Reds (Shin-Soo Choo - signed with the Texas Rangers)
6 (30). Texas Rangers (Nelson Cruz - signed with the Baltimore Orioles)
7 (31). Cleveland Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez - signed with the Baltimore Orioles)
8 (32). Atlanta Braves (Brian McCann - signed with the New York Yankees)
9 (33). Boston Red Sox (Jacoby Ellsbury - signed with the New York Yankees)
10 (34). St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Beltran - signed with the New York Yankees)

Hiroki Kuroda re-signed with the New York Yankees.
Mike Napoli re-signed with the Boston Red Sox.
Stephen Drew re-signed with the Boston Red Sox.

Competitive Balance Lottery Round A

1 (36#).  Rockies
2. (37). Astros (acquired via trade from the Orioles)
3 (38).  Indians
4 (39).  Pirates (acquired via trade from the Marlins)
5 (40).  Royals
6 (41).  Brewers

Competitive Balance Lottery Round B (after Round 2)

1.  Diamondbacks (acquired via trade from the Padres)
2.  Diamondbacks
3.  Cardinals
4.  Rays
5.  Pirates
6.  Mariners

#The draft order will change between now and next June due to the free agent compensation process, but currently the Marlins would have the 36th overall pick due to not signing the 35th overall selection from the 2013 draft, Matt Krook.
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