Peanuts? Check. Cracker jacks? Check. Jersey on? Check. Two Red Bull 6-packs? Double check!
The three-day, 40-round MLB First-Year Player Draft begins this evening with the Houston Astros owning the first overall pick. If there's one day to tune in, however, it's tonight when the first two rounds take place.
Whether or not the Astros will use their first pick on a hurler like Stanford's Mark Appel or Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray or opt for a loud bat like that of San Diego's Kris Bryant or UNC's Colin Moran remains to be seen.
There will be 33 picks in the first round—which includes six compensatory picks to teams who lost high-profile free agents during the offseason—and 29 picks in the second round.
Sandwiched between the first and second rounds is the first of two competitive balance rounds (the second following the conclusion of round two). The function of the competitive balance rounds, which we are still in their formative years, is to award (via a lottery) additional picks to the teams with the smallest market and/or lowest revenue.
These picks have potential to be pivotal due to the unpredictability of the MLB draft. No prospect is a sure thing.
The translation of talent from high school and college ball to the majors is a gift, and one that does not come wrapped in pretty paper with a bow. Unlike the immediate impact NFL and NBA rookies can have on the game, MLB prospects must work their tail off to reach the professional level. And without the need to declare, some may even choose to gauge professional interest then return for another collegiate season.
It's going to be a long three days for MLB teams, but a weekend filled with promise.
This is also the first year the draft will fall on a weekend. By altering the schedule of the MLB draft, Mr. Selig is catering to us, the fans.
Now all we can do is hope that our team drafts the next budding superstar. Enjoy!
The following is the schedule for Day One of the MLB draft scheduled for Thursday, June 6th at 7:00 PM E.T. on the MLB Network and streaming live on MLB.com:
1. Houston Astros: Mark Appel, RHP — Stanford
2. Chicago Cubs: Kris Bryant, 3B — University of San Diego
3. Colorado Rockies: Jonathan Gray, RHP — Oklahoma
4. Minnesota Twins: Kohl Stewart, RHP — St. Pius X HS (TX)
5. Cleveland Indians: Clint Frazier, OF — Loganville HS (GA)
6. Miami Marlins: Colin Moran, 3B — North Carolina
7. Boston Red Sox: Trey Ball, LHP — New Castle Chrysler HS (IN)
8. Kansas City Royals: Hunter Dozier, SS — Stephen F. Austin
9. Pittsburgh Pirates (Mark Appel, unsigned): Austin Meadows, OF — Grayson HS (GA)
10. Toronto Blue Jays: Phillip Bickford, RHP — Oaks Christian HS (CA)
11. New York Mets: Dominic Smith, 1B — Junipero Serra HS (CA)
12. Seattle Mariners: D.J. Peterson, 3B — New Mexico
13. San Diego Padres: Hunter Renfroe, RF — Mississippi State
14. Pittsburgh Pirates: Reese McGuire, C — Kentwood Senior HS (WA)
15. Arizona Diamondbacks: Braden Shipley, RHP — Nevada
16. Philadelphia Phillies: J.P. Crawford, SS — Lakewood HS (CA)
17. Chicago White Sox: Tim Anderson, SS — East Central CC
18. Los Angeles Dodgers: Chris Anderson, RHP — Jacksonville University
19. St. Louis Cardinals: Marco Gonzales, LHP — Gonzaga
20. Detroit Tigers: Jonathan Crawford, RHP — Florida
21. Tampa Bay Rays: Nick Cluffo, C — Lexington HS (SC)
22. Baltimore Orioles: Hunter Harvey, RHP — Bandys HS (NC)
23. Texas Rangers: Alex Gonzalez, RHP — Oral Roberts
24. Oakland Athletics: Billy McKinney, CF — Piano West Sr. HS (TX)
25. San Francisco Giants: Christian Arroyo, SS — Hernando HS (FL)
26. New York Yankees: Eric Jagielo, 3B — Notre Dame
27. Cincinnati Reds: Phillip Ervin, CF — Samford University
28. St. Louis Cardinals (Kyle Lohse, MIL): Rob Kaminsky, LHP — St. Joseph Regional School (NJ)
29. Tampa Bay Rays (B.J. Upton, ATL): Ryne Stanek, RHP — Arkansas
30. Texas Rangers (Josh Hamilton, LAA): Travis Demeritte, SS — Winder Barrow HS (GA)
31. Atlanta Braves (Michael Bourn, CLE): Jason Hursh, RHP — Oklahoma State
32. New York Yankees (Nick Swisher, CLE): Aaron Judge, CF — Fresno State
33. New York Yankees (Rafael Soriano, WSH): Ian Clarkin, LHP — Madison HS (CA)
Competitive Balance Round A
34. Kansas City Royals: Sean Manaea, LHP — Indiana State
35. Miami Marlins (from PIT): Matt Krook, LHP — St. Ignatius College Prep (CA)
36. Arizona Diamondbacks: Aaron Blair, RHP — Marshall
37. Baltimore Orioles: Josh Hart, CF — Parkview HS (GA)
38. Cincinnati Reds: Michael Lorenzen, RHP — Cal State - Fullerton
39. Detroit Tigers (from MIA): Corey Knebel, RHP — Texas
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
69. San Diego Padres
70. Colorado Rockies
71. Oakland Athletics
72. Milwaukee Brewers
73. Miami Marlins (from DET)
For results from Rounds 3-40, go to MLB.com's draft order page.
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