2015 mlb draftThe 2015 MLB Draft kicks off on Monday, and it marks the single most important event of the year for the long-term health of an organization. Of course, because the MLB Draft is so different from the NFL or NBA Drafts, where you see the players immediately, it’s harder to perceive the draft as so important. But, yeah, it really is.

I thought it would be useful to offer a rundown of the logistics in advance of this year’s iteration. Tomorrow, I’ll offer some more detail on the mechanics of drafting in the current CBA era.

The Schedule

Day One of the 2015 MLB Draft is this Monday, June 8. 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 ninth 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 Tuesday, June 9, and includes Rounds Three through Ten. Each team’s bonus pool is for the first 10 rounds, so there is some synchronicity there, though it pushes some of the excitement from Day Two to Day Three of the Draft – recall, many teams use the latter rounds before the 11th round (8/9/10 range) to “save” bonus pool money for use elsewhere, making those rounds not always as intriguing as, say, rounds 11 through 15. Day Two of the Draft begins at 12pm CT (1pm ET).

Day Three of the Draft is Wednesday, June 10, 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 begins at 11am CT (12pm 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 with video and commentary. We’ll have pick-by-pick coverage here at BN, including plenty of thoughts/reactions/analysis as quickly as we can.

Day Three of the Draft will also being streamed on MLB.com (conference call, typically), 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 (3.5 to 4.5 minutes per pick):

1. Arizona Diamondbacks

2. Houston Astros (compensation for not signing Brady Aiken)

3. Colorado Rockies

4. Texas Rangers

5. Houston Astros

6. Minnesota Twins

7. Boston Red Sox

8. Chicago White Sox

9. Chicago Cubs

10. Philadelphia Phillies

11. Cincinnati Reds

12. Miami Marlins

13. Tampa Bay Rays

14. Atlanta Braves

15. Milwaukee Brewers

16. New York Yankees

17. Cleveland Indians

18. San Francisco Giants

19. Pittsburgh Pirates

20. Oakland Athletics

21. Kansas City Royals

22. Detroit Tigers

23. St. Louis Cardinals

24. Los Angeles Dodgers

25. Baltimore Orioles

26. Los Angeles Angels

Compensatory Picks:

27. Colorado Rockies (Michael Cuddyer)

28. Atlanta Braves (Ervin Santana)

29. Toronto Blue Jays (Melky Cabrera)

30. New York Yankees (David Robertson)

31. San Francisco Giants (Pablo Sandoval)

32. Pittsburgh Pirates (Russell Martin)

33. Kansas City Royals (James Shields)

34. Detroit Tigers (Max Scherzer)

35. Los Angeles Dodgers (Hanley Ramirez)

36. Baltimore Orioles (Nelson Cruz)

Competitive Balance Picks (Round A):

37. Houston Astros (from Marlins)

38. Colorado Rockies

39. St. Louis Cardinals (from Big Daddy Voodoo Joojoo)

40. Milwaukee Brewers

41. Atlanta Braves (from Padres)

42. Cleveland Indians

Second Round (one minute per pick):

43. Arizona Diamondbacks

44. Colorado Rockies

45. Texas Rangers

46. Houston Astros

47. Chicago Cubs

48. Philadelphia Phillies

49. Cincinnati Reds

50. Miami Marlins

51. San Diego Padres

52. Tampa Bay Rays

53. New York Mets

54. Atlanta Braves

55. Milwaukee Brewers

56. Toronto Blue Jays

57. New York Yankees

58. Washington Nationals (compensation for not signing Andrew Suarez)

59. Cleveland Indians

60. Seattle Mariners

61. San Francisco Giants

62. Pittsburgh Pirates

63. Oakland Athletics

64. Kansas City Royals

65. Detroit Tigers

66. St. Louis Cardinals

67. Los Angeles Dodgers

68. Baltimore Orioles

69. Washington Nationals

70. Los Angeles Angels

Competitive Balance Picks (Round B):

71. Cincinnati Reds

72. Seattle Mariners

73. Minnesota Twins

74. Los Angeles Dodgers (from Orioles)

75. Atlanta Braves (from Diamondbacks)

The rounds thereafter follow the order of the second round (with the teams that lost second and third round picks as free agent compensation slipping back in there). 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.

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