Major League Baseball's draft is something unlike its major sport counterparts, largely because the number of rounds and players selected dwarfs anything else that the NBA, NFL or NHL has to offer in terms of opportunities for their athletes.
Rounds 1 and 2 are already in the books after Thursday night's opening selections, but the 2013 MLB draft is just getting started in the big scheme of the 40 rounds that are offered for teams to beef up their farm systems for the seasons ahead.
As noted by this tweet from MLB's official account, the thrill of being drafted is far greater than recognizing the number and round associated with the pick:
That thrill will be fulfilled over and over again on the final two days of the draft, as prospects of both high school and college status will either have the chance to join a major league farm system or decide to choose college to boost their status (pending eligibility).
With two full days and the meat of the action yet to commence, there's plenty of storylines and prospects to follow even though the high-profile names are already off the board.
2013 MLB Draft Information
Where: Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J.
When: Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, June 8
Watch: MLB Network (Thursday)
Live Stream: MLB.com (All days)
|June 7||1 p.m.||3-10|
|June 8||1 p.m.||11-40|
Remaining Draft Order
|Pick No.||Round 3 |
|1||Houston Astros (74)||Houston Astros|
|2||Chicago Cubs (75)||Chicago Cubs|
|3||New York Mets (76)||Colorado Rockies|
|4||Colorado Rockies (77)||Minnesota Twins|
|5||Minnesota Twins (78)||Cleveland Indians|
|6||Cleveland Indians (79)||Miami Marlins|
|7||Miami Marlins (80)||Boston Red Sox|
|8||Boston Red Sox (81)||Kansas City Royals|
|9||Kansas City Royals (82)||Toronto Blue Jays|
|10||Toronto Blue Jays (83)||New York Mets|
|11||New York Mets (84)||Seattle Mariners|
|12||Seattle Mariners (85)||San Diego Padres|
|13||San Diego Padres (86)||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|14||Pittsburgh Pirates (87)||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|15||Arizona Diamondbacks (88)||Philadelphia Phillies|
|16||Philadelphia Phillies (89)||Milwaukee Brewers|
|17||Milwaukee Brewers (90)||Chicago White Sox|
|18||Chicago White Sox (91)||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|19||Los Angeles Dodgers (92)||St. Louis Cardinals|
|20||St. Louis Cardinals (93)||Detroit Tigers|
|21||Detroit Tigers (94)||Los Angeles Angels|
|22||Los Angeles Angels (95)||Tampa Bay Rays|
|23||Philadelphia Phillies (96)||Baltimore Orioles|
|24||Tampa Bay Rays (97)||Texas Rangers|
|25||Baltimore Orioles (98)||Oakland Athletics|
|26||Texas Rangers (99)||San Francisco Giants|
|27||Oakland Athletics (100)||Atlanta Braves|
|28||San Francisco Giants (101)||New York Yankees|
|29||Atlanta Braves (102)||Cincinnati Reds|
|30||New York Yankees (103)||Washington Nationals|
|31||Cincinnati Reds (104)|
|32||Washington Nationals (105)|
|33||Oakland Athletics (106)|
*Draft order courtesy MLB.com.
Day 2 Preview
While all the shine lies with the first day of the Major League Baseball draft, there's something to be said for teams who can add organizational depth and find diamonds in the rough over the final 38 rounds the next two days.
With notable names like Jonathan Gray and Mark Appel off the board, the first thought going through most baseball fans' heads is that the talent to make their team better is already getting ready for a press conference on Friday.
That shouldn't be the case, as teams find draft picks to both complete their farm systems and one day compete at the major league level, as this 2012 piece from Fox Sports would confirm with 10 of the biggest draft-day steals of all time.
As noted by Kevin T. Czerwinski of USA Today, nearly 1,300 names will be in play for MLB teams as selections roll on from franchise to franchise.
Friday and Saturday is where we see more high school stars taken that are more likely to go to the college, and others who were strong college players without star potential given a chance to compete and prove they can overcome the lack of "flash" in their game.
If baseball is your game, you won't want to miss the eight rounds of action that will be in play on Friday, or the final 30 that will ultimately prove which general managers, scouts and team personnel members have done their due diligence in observing talent the past few years.
One thing is for certain—all 30 teams will be on edge until the last pick of the 40th round is turned in.
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