The Baltimore Orioles step to the podium first to start Monday's 2019 MLB draft from MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, where a batter-heavy class awaits to alter the league's landscape.
Those Orioles will start a run on a 32-pick opening round as part of a 77-pick order through post-Round 2 compensation picks. Tuesday and Wednesday through the day will later handle Rounds 3-40.
Though this year doesn't boast Kyler Murray intrigue, there are similar questions facing prospects and teams have to decide early in the order whether capitalizing on the best hitters is the approach or if taking premium prospects on the mound is a better idea. Like any year, intrigue surrounds whether each top pick will even see the field soon or instead merely boost a farm system while developing.
Below, we'll update as the draft unfolds and in the interim take a glance at the top storylines.
2019 MLB Draft Day 1 Results
1. Baltimore Orioles: Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State
2. Kansas City Royals: Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville Heritage HS (TX)
3. Chicago White Sox: Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California
4. Miami Marlins: J.J. Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt
5. Detroit Tigers: Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty HS (FL)
6. San Diego Padres: CJ Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity HS (GA)
7. Cincinnati Reds: Nick Lodolo, P, TCU
8. Texas Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech
9. Atlanta Braves: Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor
10. San Francisco Giants: Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State
11. Toronto Blue Jays: Alek Manoah, P, West Virginia
12. New York Mets: Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis HS (TX)
13. Minnesota Twins: Keoni Cavaco, 3B, Eastlake HS (CA)
14. Philadelphia Phillies: Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV
15. Los Angeles Angels: Will Wilson, SS, NC State
16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Corbin Carroll, CF, Lakeside HS (WA)
17. Washington Nationals: Jackson Rutledge, P, San Jacinto College North
18. Pittsburgh Pirates: Quinn Priester, P, Cary-Grove HS (IL)
19. St. Louis Cardinals: Zack Thompson, P, Kentucky
20. Seattle Mariners: George Kirby, P, Elon
21. Atlanta Braves: Braden Shewmake, SS, Texas A&M
22. Tampa Bay Rays: Greg Jones, SS, UNC-Wilmington
23. Colorado Rockies: Michael Toglia, 1B, UCLA
24. Cleveland Indians: Daniel Espino, P, Georgia Premier Academy
25. Los Angeles Dodgers: Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane
26. Arizona Diamondbacks: Blake Walston, P, New Hanover HS (NC)
27. Chicago Cubs: Ryan Jensen, P, Fresno State
28. Milwaukee Brewers: Ethan Small, P, Mississippi State
29. Oakland Athletics: Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson
30. New York Yankees: Anthony Volpe, SS, Delbarton School
31. Los Angeles Dodgers: Michael Busch, 2B, North Carolina
32. Houston Astros: Korey Lee, C, California
33. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brennan Malone, P, IMG Academy
34. Arizona Diamondbacks: Drey Jameson, P, Ball State
Competitive Balance Round A
35. Miami Marlins: Kameron Misner, CF, Missouri
36. Tampa Bay Rays: JJ Goss, P, Cypress Ranch HS (TX)
37. Pittsburgh Pirates: Sammy Siani, CF, William Penn Charter School
38. New York Yankees: T.J. Sikkema, P, Missouri
39. Minnesota Twins: Matt Wallner, RF, Southern Mississippi
40. Tampa Bay Rays: Seth Johnson, P, Campbell University
41. Texas Rangers: Davis Wendzel, 3B, Baylor
42. Baltimore Orioles: Gunnar Henderson, SS, John T. Morgan Academy
43. Boston Red Sox: Cameron Cannon, SS, Arizona
44. Kansas City Royals: Brady McConnell, SS, Florida
45. Chicago White Sox: Matthew Thompson, P, Cypress Ranch HS (TX)
46. Miami Marlins: Nasim Nunez, SS, Collins Hill HS (GA)
47. Detroit Tigers: Nick Quintana, 3B, Arizona
48. San Diego Padres: Joshua Mears, RF, Federal Way HS (WA)
49. Cincinnati Reds: Rece Hinds, SS, IMG Academy
50. Texas Rangers: Ryan Garcia, P, UCLA
51. San Francisco Giants: Logan Wyatt, 1B, Louisville
52. Toronto Blue Jays: Kendall Williams, P, IMG Academy
53. New York Mets: Josh Wolf, P, St. Thomas HS (TX)
54. Minnesota Twins: Matt Canterino, P, Rice
55. Los Angeles Angels: Kyren Paris, SS, Freedom HS (CA)
56. Arizona Diamondbacks: Ryne Nelson, P, Oregon
57. Pittsburgh Pirates: Matt Gorski, CF, Indiana
58. St. Louis Cardinals: Trejyn Fletcher, CF, Deering HS (ME)
59. Seattle Mariners: Brandon Williamson, P, TCU
60. Atlanta Braves: Beau Philip, SS, Oregon State
61. Tampa Bay Rays: John Doxakis, P, Texas A&M
62. Colorado Rockies: Aaron Schunk, 3B, Georgia
63. Cleveland Indians: Yordys Valdes, SS, McArthur HS (FL)
64. Chicago Cubs: Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA
65. Milwaukee Brewers: Antoine Kelly, P, Wabash Valley College
66. Oakland Athletics: Tyler Baum, P, North Carolina
67. New York Yankees: Josh Smith, 2B, LSU
68. Houston Astros: Grae Kessinger, SS, Ole Miss
69. Boston Red Sox: Matthew Lugo, SS, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy
Competitive Balance Round B
70. Kansas City Royals: Alec Marsh, P, Arizona State
71. Baltimore Orioles: Kyle Stowers, CF, Stanford
72. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jared Triolo, 3B, Houston
73. San Diego Padres: Logan Driscoll, C, George Mason
74. Arizona Diamondbacks: Tommy Henry, P, Michigan
75. Arizona Diamondbacks: Dominic Fletcher, OF, Arkansas
76. Seattle Mariners: Isaiah Campbell, P, Arkansas
77. Colorado Rockies: Karl Kauffmann, P, Michigan
78. Los Angeles Dodgers: Jimmy Lewis, P, Lake Travis HS (TX)
Full draft order, compensation explanations and pick monetary values available at MLB.com.
All Things Arizona
Baltimore might boast the top pick but no team comes close to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the intrigue department.
One glance at the pre-draft order says it all: the Diamondbacks hold the 16th and 26th picks in the first round, boast both post-Round 1 compensation picks, a second-round pick and two more picks in the Competitive Balance Round B. Patrick Corbin signed with Washington, giving Arizona the 33rd pick as compensation, while A.J. Pollock signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, awarding Arizona No. 34.
Above all else, the Diamondbacks have both first-round picks because last year's 25th pick, Matt McLain, chose not to sign with the team.
In other words, Arizona expects a big infusion of talent to right the ship.
"I think having the number of picks we have helps us artificially infuse a volume of talent into the organization that we wouldn't be able to do in just a normal, traditional draft," general manager Mike Hazen said, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert. "I think this helps with continuing to build our organization quite a bit."
The long-term struggles aren't hard to see, as the Diamondbacks have made one postseason appearance dating back to 2012 and as of this writing only sit at .500. Pitching might be the first thing addressed with a long-term range in mind, but the Diamondbacks have enough assets to address plenty of problem areas more effectively than most.
Adley Rutschman Commands the Show
Last year's Most Outstanding Player at the College World Series looks like the surefire first-overall pick.
The intrigue at the top this year simply isn't as dramatic as it is in year's past, let alone in other sports. Call it a testament to Adley Rutschman out of Oregon State, an efficient presence at the plate who brings plenty to the table as a potential franchise player behind it, too.
Look at it this way: teams are intentionally walking him with the bases loaded:
Rutschman had a .419 average with 17 homers, 73 walks and a .580 on-base percentage through 55 games this year, so he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down.
MLB.com's scouting report about the left-handed slugger also had this to say about his all-around game: "Rutschman is also outstanding behind the plate, with excellent hands, agility and a very strong throwing arm. He's even a better runner than some give him credit for. With his all-around skills at a premium position while playing at the pinnacle of college baseball, Rutschman will be at the forefront of all conversations for the top pick in the Draft."
And if Baltimore for some reason decides to go a different direction? All sorts of chaos might break out as the Rutschman sweepstakes get underway.
The Maurice Hampton Question
Maurice Hampton isn't Kyler Murray—but his draft process might put on a similar spectacle.
Hampton, a product of Memphis University High in Tennessee, was the first player to win Mr. Football and Mr. Baseball during the same season and he went on to commit to LSU as a defensive back.
But the 6'0", 210-pound athlete certainly has options.
Rated 29th on MLB.com's big board, his writeup mentions he's one of just four players named an Under Armour All-American in two sports:
"Like most athletes who star in multiple sports, Hampton needs refinement on the diamond, but his huge upside could make the patience that will be required in his development worth it. His right-handed swing could get smoother but still generates impressive bat speed and exit velocities, giving him the potential for 25 or more homers on an annual basis if he makes enough contact."
Maurice Hampton Sr. kept it straightforward with Khari Thompson of Memphis Commercial Appeal when talking about the draft: "If it's in the first round he'll definitely take a good look at it, but if it's second round he'll probably be at LSU."
Like anyone else, LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron will have a close eye on the proceedings Monday night. Hampton wouldn't be the first high-profile player to turn down droves of MLB money for a chance to keep playing football at the collegiate level before trying to make the NFL leap.
But Hampton's stance in the middle of the proceedings won't be any less interesting once the first round gets underway.
Stats and info courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise specified.