2017 MLB Draft First Round Order Set, Cubs Pick Twice

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2017 MLB Draft First Round Order Set, Cubs Pick Twice

Chicago Cubs

With Mark Trumbo passing his physical and officially re-signing with the Orioles, the final qualified free agent is off the board this offseason.

Although the Cubs were not seriously involved at the top of the free agent market this offseason, these signings have impacted their draft standing for 2017. With Dexter Fowler signing with the Cardinals, the Cubs picked up a compensatory draft pick at the end of the first round, and with a couple other qualified free agents joining new teams, the Cubs’ own first round pick moved up a few slots.

So, then, the complete first round order for the 2017 MLB Draft is set:

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
29. Texas Rangers
30. Chicago Cubs

As you’ll recall (refresh yourself here if you don’t), each pick in the first ten rounds of the draft is associated with a slot value, the sum of which for each team constitutes their bonus pool. The picks nearer to the top of the draft are worth a whole lot more, so having two picks in the first round will do the Cubs well this year.

The slot values for the 2017 draft haven’t been released just yet, but last year, the 27th pick had a slot value of $2,097,200, and the 30th pick had a slot value of $2,003,400.

The Cubs’ entire bonus pool last year was just $2,245,100, thanks to having no picks in the first two rounds. This year’s pool might be three times that size, which, together with the earlier picks, will be very eagerly welcomed by the Cubs’ scouting staff, I’m sure.

Suffice to say: the Cubs will be able to do a whole lot more damage this time around, and I’m already getting a little excited for June.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.