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2017 MLB Draft Primer: The Schedule, the Coverage, the Order

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The 2017 MLB Draft kicks off on Monday, and it marks the single most important event of the year for the long-term health of a baseball 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.


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

The Schedule

Day One of the 2017 MLB Draft is this Monday, June 12. The Draft begins at 6pm CT (7pm ET), and the first two rounds, including competitive balance and compensatory picks, 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. Unlike last season, the Cubs have two first round picks this season, both coming in the top 30 (#27 and #30 overall).

The first pick is their regularly scheduled draft pick, and their second was awarded as compensation for Dexter Fowler, who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals last offseason. The Cubs will also pick a third time on Day One, in the second round (67th overall).


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Day Two of the Draft is Tuesday, June 13, 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 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. Although, in recent years, because of that trend, teams have started to pluck guys in the 8/9/10 range to try to jump rounds 11 through 15 (even at the risk of losing the bonus pool for that slot).

Day Two of the Draft begins with a live Draft Show at 11:30 am CT (12:30 ET)

Day Three of the Draft is Wednesday, June 14, 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 “over slot” 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), before the full coverage begins at 6pm CT (7pm ET). Day Two of the Draft is being streamed on MLB.com with video and commentary. And Day Three of the Draft will also being streamed on MLB.com (an audio-only conference call, typically).


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We’ll have all of the Cubs’ picks covered here at BN, of course, if you don’t want to watch the stream yourself. It’s annually a tough, but fun several hours for us each day, so we hope you enjoy the fast-paced coverage.

The Order

First Round (3.5 to 4.5 minutes per pick):

  1. Minnesota Twins
  2. Cincinnati Reds
  3. San Diego padres
  4. Tampa Bay Rays
  5. Atlanta Braves
  6. Oakland Athletics
  7. Arizona Diamondbacks
  8. Philadelphia Phillies
  9. Milwaukee Brewers
  10. Los Angeles Angels
  11. Chicago White Sox
  12. Pittsburgh Pirates
  13. Miami Marlins
  14. Kansas City Royals
  15. Houston Astros
  16. New York Yankees
  17. Seattle Mariners
  18. Detroit Tigers
  19. San Francisco Giants
  20. New York Mets
  21. Baltimore Orioles
  22. Toronto Blue Jays
  23. Los Angeles Dodgers
  24. Boston Red Sox
  25. Washington Nationals
  26. Texas Rangers
  27. Chicago Cubs
  28. Toronto Blue Jays (Comp. for Edwin Encarnacion)
  29. Texas Rangers (Comp. for Ian Desmond)
  30. Chicago Cubs (Comp. for Dexter Fowler)

Competitive Balance A

  1. Tampa Bay Rays
  2. Cincinnati Reds
  3. Oakland Athletics
  4. Milwaukee Brewers
  5. Minnesota Twins
  6. Miami Marlins

Second Round (about 1 minutes per pick):

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

Competitive Balance B

  1. Arizona Diamondbacks
  2. San Diego Padres
  3. Colorado Rockies
  4. Cleveland Indians
  5. Pittsburgh Pirates
  6. Kansas City Royals
  7. Baltimore Orioles
  8. Houston Astros

Third Round

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

The rounds thereafter follow the order of the third 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.


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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.