2013 mlb draftFor those of you who aren’t as familiar with the MLB Draft – it is starkly different from the NFL or NBA Drafts – I thought it would be useful to offer a rundown of the logistics in advance of this year’s iteration, which begins on Thursday. Tomorrow, I’ll offer some more detail on the mechanics of drafting in the post-new-CBA era.

The Schedule

Day One of the 2013 MLB Draft is this Thursday, June 6. The Draft begins at 6pm CT (7pm ET), and the first two rounds take place on Day One. It’s annually a fun night – the closest approximation to the NFL/NBA Drafts that MLB can offer, even if it isn’t quite the same. The Cubs pick second overall, and then again early in the second round, so the whole night is probably going to be pretty exciting.

Day Two of the Draft is Friday, June 7, and includes Rounds Three through Ten. That’s a change from last year, which saw Day Two carry the Draft through Round 15. Each team’s bonus pool is for the first 10 rounds, so there is no some synchronicity there, even if it shifts some of the excitement from Day Two to Day Three of the Draft – recall, many teams use the latter rounds before the 11th round to “save” bonus pool money for use elsewhere, making those rounds a little less intriguing than, say, rounds 11 through 15. Day Two of the Draft begins at 12pm CT (1pm ET).

Day Three of the Draft is Saturday, June 8, and finishes things up with Rounds 11 through 40. It’s rapid fire, and there’s very little fanfare (even if there is excitement for Draft nerds like us). You’ll see a lot of intriguing “overslot” types who’ve slipped get picked in this range. Day Three of the Draft also begins at 12pm CT (1pm ET).

The Coverage

Day One of the Draft is being televised on MLB Network and streamed on MLB.com, and begins with a Draft preview show at 5pm CT (6pm ET). There will be live coverage here at BN all evening, so make sure you stop by. It tends to have a fun, party atmosphere in the comments as the Draft goes on. People seem to enjoy it every year.

Day Two of the Draft is being streamed on MLB.com, and will not be broadcast on MLBN like it was last year (which is just crazy to me, but whateves). We’ll have pick-by-pick coverage here at BN, including plenty of thoughts/reactions/analysis from both me and Minor League Editor Luke Blaize.

Day Three of the Draft is also being streamed on MLB.com, and the coverage here at BN should be similar to Day Two’s coverage. We obsess, you enjoy. That’s the protocol.

The Order

First Round, which includes compensatory picks at the end (4.5 minutes per pick):

1. Houston Astros
2. Chicago Cubs
3. Colorado Rockies
4. Minnesota Twins
5. Cleveland Indians
6. Miami Marlins
7. Boston Red Sox
8. Kansas City Royals
9. Pittsburgh Pirates
10. Toronto Blue Jays
11. New York Mets
12. Seattle Mariners
13. San Diego Padres
14. Pittsburgh Pirates
15. Arizona Diamondbacks
16. Philadelphia Phillies
17. Chicago White Sox
18. Los Angeles Dodgers
19. St. Louis Cardinals
20. Detroit Tigers
21. Tampa Bay Rays
22. Baltimore Orioles
23. Texas Rangers
24. Oakland Athletics
25. San Francisco Giants
26. New York Yankees
27. Cincinnati Reds
28. St. Louis Cardinals
29. Tampa Bay Rays
30. Texas Rangers
31. Atlanta Braves
32. New York Yankees
33. New York Yankees

Competitive Balance Round A (two minutes per pick):

34. Kansas City Royals
35. Miami Marlins (from the Pirates)
36. Arizona Diamondbacks
37. Baltimore Orioles
38. Cincinnati Reds
39. Detroit Tigers (from the Marlins)

Second Round (one minute per pick):

40. Houston Astros
41. Chicago Cubs
42. Colorado Rockies
43. Minnesota Twins
44. Miami Marlins
45. Boston Red Sox
46. Kansas City Royals
47. Toronto Blue Jays
48. New York Mets
49. Seattle Mariners
50. San Diego Padres
51. Pittsburgh Pirates
52. Arizona Diamondbacks
53. Philadelphia Phillies
54. Milwaukee Brewers
55. Chicago White Sox
56. Los Angeles Dodgers
57. St. Louis Cardinals
58. Detroit Tigers
59. Los Angeles Angels
60. Tampa Bay Rays
61. Baltimore Orioles
62. Texas Rangers
63. Oakland Athletics
64. San Francisco Giants
65. Atlanta Braves
66. New York Yankees
67. Cincinnati Reds
68. Washington Nationals

Competitive Balance Round B (one minute per pick):

69. San Diego Padres
70. Colorado Rockies
71. Oakland A’s
72. Milwaukee Brewers
73. Miami Marlins (from the Tigers)

The rounds thereafter, with a couple small changes in the third round, follow the order of the second round. There is one minute per pick for rounds three through ten, and then no time limit (i.e., they pick immediately) in the rounds thereafter.

  • MichiganGoat

    What really separates the MLB draft to the NFL & NBA is the time between draft picks. I really rapid fire and almost like fantasy baseball. As for the TV coverage the quick draft disallows “experts” and personalities from talking on and on and on about certain players (I hate that about the NFL/NBA drafts). Its pick make a comment then move on.

    • JoeyCollins

      I used to look forward to the NFL draft but listening to the nonsense in between picks, just to wait 15 min for your team to trade that pick, got to be too much. I just followed on twitter this year and avoided the TV.

    • BT

      It should be faster. It’s artificially long now, so they can accommodate TV, but without any ability to trade picks, and no reason to be picking for roster “need”, there is no reason why every pick shouldn’t be almost instantaneous.

    • Dynastyin2017

      Another huge difference (soon to change), is MLB doesn’t allow most picks to be traded. That takes away a bunch of fun.

    • Stevie B

      I’m going on record as saying the Cubs take Bryant with their 2nd pick.

      I got a Benjamin on it…any takers?

      • Jono

        I’d take that bet in real life

      • Jono

        Although, to be fair, I am a degenerate gambler

  • JoeyCollins

    Can someone refresh my memory on How are the competitive balance picks are awarded again?

    • Rebuilding

      “The 10 smallest-market teams and the 10 lowest-revenue teams will be placed in the lottery to have a chance to win one of six extra picks in 2013”

      “The odds of winning a Draft pick in this lottery will be based on each team’s winning percentage in the previous season. The half-dozen picks will be made at the conclusion of the first round, but after the compensation picks for free agents”

    • SirCub
      • JoeyCollins

        Thanks for the responses. I remembered hating this idea, and thinking it was all around dumb, and now i remember why. What a crap idea to add these picks considering how valuable the new CBA made higher picks. To qualify for this draft you should have to meet all criteria, and there should be more to it. Include teams that are in the smallest markets, AND lowest revenue. I’d also like to see some sort of minimum payroll to revenue speding criteria. If you’re only spending a fraction of what you bring in you don’t qualify for added help.

        • Rebuilding

          Always happy to help a fellow Aqua Teen Hunger Force fan

  • Rebuilding

    The competitive balance picks really make no sense to me. The teams that were eligible: D-backs, Orioles, Indians, Royals, A’s, Pirates, Padres, Rays, Reds, Rockies, Marlins, Brewers and Cardinals.

    You can make the argument 9-10 of those teams are in better shape than we are. Hell, several have higher payrolls. I would rather see more revenue sharing than than just giving picks

  • Patrick G

    Is it Thursday yet?

  • JulioZuleta

    Brett, who do you think the Cubs will take in the 37th round?

    • BluBlud

      Clark Taylor

      • TWC

        Yeah, but he’s represented by Boras. He’ll hold out for a higher spot next year.

      • DarthHater

        No way Clark Taylor drops below the 36th round. Morans. 😉

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Clark does have the leverage of threatening to return to his mother’s womb.

        • BluBlud

          Yeah, Brett, that could expose him to a medical injury, and that may drop his stocks in the future. I don’t think a player who returned to the womb has ever been redrafted. 😉

          • MichiganGoat

            Yeah but under the new CBA that resets his playing clock… therefore Clark will always be pre-arbitration

          • Willrust

            Could bring up some legal issues in every state but Kentucky and Arkansas (I believe those are the only 2 states left that do not see incest as a criminal act).

        • MichiganGoat

          Well Clark will be undersized and have have Campy like Scrap in his BellyFire to succeed. Now there is MG Jr. how is now 9 months old wearing 24 month clothes (closing the gap on 2T). He is is graded at a 80-scream, 75-diaper-ripping-off-power, and 80-evil-grin-when-he-upsets-dad. So I’m hoping Theo finally realizes that the team needs more goats and embraces the uber-child I have created.

          • MichiganGoat

            so many errors – my mind is revert ing to the skillz of my 6th grad esseys ive beens readings awls weak.

            • Cubbie Blues

              We’ve grown to accept it from you.

          • chrisfchi

            Sign all the babies!

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              Corner the market.

              • chrisfchi

                As long as their demands for naps and binkies are not too severe.

    • Patrick G

      Just read Manny Ramirez Jr is in the draft. Pretty interesting to see how he does with his dads pedigree

      • Patrick G

        And the fact Theo had a good relationship with him

      • Rich H

        Yeah but he is not a top 500 prospect. Means a good chance he will go to college to first to improve his skill set.

  • Fastball

    I hope stay away from these two Appel and Gray. Sign the NC kid Moran to play 3b. He’s the best hitter and fielder in the top of the draft. Get him for underslot and then draft some really good kids in the ensuing rounds with the money you save. The Moran kid has a better chance of being an everyday MLB’er than Appel or Gray. Now that Gray got popped for Adderall he probably falls down out of the 1st five. Appel goes to the Astros or they do what I suggest we do. I hope the Astros take Appel so we take Moran or Bryant. Neither of these two pitchers are that impressive from what I have seen. Lot of noise around these two because they are the poplular guys and have all the media.

    • JoeyCollins

      I think there’s lost of media around these guys because how good they have been.

  • Cheryl

    How much of a chance is there for the cubs to trade for a competitive balance pick? Was that supposed to be done Monday? And, if there was a trade is it kept quiet until that part of the draft comes?

  • Don

    Can’t wait for Cubs to select Gray with the second pick after Houston passes on him!

  • Rich

    My guess is Gray….but I like FASTBALL’s thinking…get a stud bat…and draft pitchers for the remaining of the draft…

  • tgk

    Doesn’t Pittsburgh get an extra pick for not signing Appell last year? It was Pitt wasn’t it?

    • Kyle

      Yes. They will be picking 9th as compensation for that.

    • tgk

      And looking again I see it is in there. DOH! *smacks forehead*

  • Rich H

    I want to go out of the first pick box for a minute and start thinking about what the Cubs will do after pick at 41. If they go pitching first will they then go organizational depth and go catcher at 3rd Round or maybe a high upside OF’er? There is one name that I LOVE right there but want to know what you all think before I go out on my limb.

    • X the Cubs Fan

      I would love for Manea to be there but odds are he wont but if they’re looking for a pitcher at the time Marco Gonzales, Chris Anderson, Kevin Ziomek, Ryan Eades, Hunter Harvey and Rob Kaminsky are all names you can see around there

      • X the Cubs Fan

        or Kyle Serrano the best of all the pitchers I named above

        • nkniacc13

          I don’t think he gets by Houston at 40

  • daveyrosello

    Jonathan Gray busted for using a banned stimulant, in USA Today this morning. Doesn’t affect his draft status since he’s currently an amateur, but this might shy away the Astros or Cubs from picking him at the top of the draft. Looking more and more like Appel for the Cubs.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    My top 5 a week ago.

    My final top 5.

    • X the Cubs Fan


  • nkniacc13

    I think if the Cubs go Catcher it will be at 41 not in 3rd. Id kinda be shocked if atleast 3 of the top 5 picks for cubs are pitchers and would hope atleast 1 of them is a hs.

  • Die hard

    Don’t be–.. Think of that proverb— rather than give the pitching coach a fish teach entire staff how to fish- a good catcher like having a second coach on (behind) the ( dinner) plate — which will make the coach very happy and look brainier than he is… Fish is good brain food

  • Jono

    Is it plausible for the cubs to ONLY draft pitchers? We don’t need no stinking batters

  • Assman22

    Cubs out on Gray…

    • YourResidentJag

      Well, there ya go!

    • Blublud

      Well, I hope not, but if do, then we have to Draft Bryant.

      • Assman22

        Cubs going with Bryant or an 11th hour change of heart on Appel, if Moran goes to Houston as speculated. Remember, there was a lot of buzz about the Astros taking Appel #1 last year then on draft day, they went with Correa. Can’t believe everything you hear…

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          The Cubs passed on Appel at the 11th hour and 59th minute last year. Doing so twice would be tough… but I’d still rather have Bryant.

          • hansman1982

            I dunno, Appel staying at the top of the draft board this season was flippin sweet.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

              He might be the first guy ever to be rumored to be the first overall pick in two consecutive drafts without being clearly the player at his position in either of them.

              • Blublud

                Appel is the safest pick in the draft. I don’t want safe, I want most upside. Sometime you have to take chances. Cubs went safe last year, and Almora will certainly be a ML player some day, and hopefully a good one for us, but I can think of a lot of players drafted behind him that will probably be better.

          • Assman22

            Both are safe picks (high floors) in a weak draft, makes sense. Bryant reminds me so much of Troy Glaus…

            • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

              So your saying the Cubs board as of now is…


              • Assman22

                As of late last night, McLeod still pushing hard for Bryant…

  • Rebuilding

    I really don’t think there was ever really that much doubt the Cubs would go with best bat available – Bryant. They have said over and over they like a bat in the 1st round. Is Appel a better overall prospect? Probably, but it’s not so much to overcome that preference. He’s just not a Strasburg or Price. I read somewhere that someone had analyzed Bryant’s fly out depth and calculated that with the old aluminum bats he would have hit 9 more homers, so 40 homers in 55 games. If that’s not 80 power than its as close as you can get

  • Saving Grace

    Astro’s leaning towards Appel if money fits !

    Looks like a future Cubs outfield of Soler,Almora,Bryant

    • JOE

      I’d definitely be ok with that outfield… until Appel wins a Cy Young with Houston or something stupid like that

  • Rebuilding

    I know he’s injured and has lost velocity, but if he comes back and proves healthy would anyone do Baez, Lake, Pierce Johnson and Vogelbach for Price? At this point I’m thinking no, but I think that’s about what it would take to get him

    • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

      If he proved himself completely healthy I would do that in a heartbeat.

    • Cyranojoe

      That wouldn’t be enough if he was healthy.

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