Major League Baseball will hold it’s Rule 4 amateur draft on this week, with the main action on Thursday, June 5. MLB Network and MLB.com will broadcast and stream, respectively, pick-by-pick coverage of the first four rounds: Round One, Competitive Balance Round A, Round Two, and Competitive Balance Round B. In essence, the top 74 spots. The draft will continue untelevised on Friday and Saturday.
This is the second year for the new draft rules that were implemented as part of the collective bargaining agreement inked at the end of 2011. Before last’s year’s draft, I wrote a two-parter on the new rules. Part I (here) discussed the changes to the free-agent compensation system and the competitive balance draft picks. Note that the qualifying offer price after the 2013 season was $14.1 million. Part 2 (here) explained the new draft slot values (the amount a team can spend on each particular draft pick, with the most money going to the number one pick) and the new draft bonus pools (the total amount each team can spend in the Rule 4 draft). If you’re unfamiliar with the new rules, or just need a refresher, take a look at last year’s posts before reading on.
2014 Draft Order
The following is the list of draft picks through the end of the third round (draft pick number 104).
|First Round||Competitive Balance Round A||Second Round||Competitive Balance Round B||Third Round|
|1. Astros||35. Rockies||42. Astros||69. D’Backs||75. Astros|
|2. Marlins||36. Marlins||43. Marlins||70. D’Backs||76. Marlins|
|3. White Sox||37. Astros||44. White Sox||71. Cardinals||77. White Sox|
|4. Cubs||38. Indians||45. Cubs||72. Rays||78. Cubs|
|5. Twins||39. Pirates||46. Twins||73. Pirates||79. Twins|
|6. Mariners||40. Royals||47. Phillies||74. Mariners||80. Mariners|
|7. Phillies||41. Brewers||48. Rockies||81. Phillies|
|8. Rockies||49. Blue Jays||82. Rockies|
|9. Blue Jays||50. Brewers||83. Blue Jays|
|10. Mets||51. Padres||84. Mets|
|11. Blue Jays||52. Giants||85. Brewers|
|12. Brewers||53. Angels||86. Padres|
|13. Padres||54. D’Backs||87. Giants|
|14. Giants||55. Yankees||88. Angels|
|15. Angels||56. Royals||89. D’Backs|
|16. D’Backs||57. Nationals||90. Orioles|
|17. Royals||58. Reds||91. Yankees|
|18. Nat’ls||59. Rangers||92. Royals|
|19. Reds||60. Rays||93. Nationals|
|20. Rays||61. Indians||94. Reds|
|21. Indians||62. Dodgers||95. Rangers|
|22. Dodgers||63. Tigers||96. Rays|
|23. Tigers||64. Pirates||97. Indians|
|24. Pirates||65. Athletics||98. Dodgers|
|25. Athletics||66. Braves||99. Tigers|
|26. Red Sox||67. Red Sox||100. Pirates|
|27. Cards||68. Cardinals||101. Athletics|
|28. Royals||102. Braves|
|29. Reds||103. Red Sox|
|30. Rangers||104. Cards|
|33. Red Sox|
The Yankees lost their first round pick when they signed Brian McCann away from the Braves, and their Competitive Balance Round A picks for signing Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox) and Carlos Beltran (Cardinals). The Mets forfeited their second round pick when they signed Curtis Granderson away from the Yankees (the Mets’ first round pick was protected). The Mariners lost a second round pick when they signed Robinson Cano away from the Yankees (Seattle’s first round pick was also protected). The Rangers, Orioles, and Braves also lost first round picks for signing Shin-Soo Choo (Reds), Nelson Cruz (Rangers), and Ervin Santana (Royals), respectively. The Orioles also lost a second round pick for signing Ubaldo Jimenez away from the Indians.
Draft Slot Value and Bonus Pools
The total allotment for the first ten rounds of the draft is $205,786,400, just a 1.6% increase over the 2013 total ($202,501,600). That’s in contrast to the 8.2% increase between the 2012 slot value totals and the 2013 slot value totals. Baseball America predicts teams will spend more than the amount allotted for the first ten rounds, as they did last year, the first under the full set of new rules.
The Marlins would have led all teams with $14,199,300 in their bonus pool, but they just traded their 39th pick with a $1,457,600 slot value to the Pirates for reliever Bryan Morris. The Marlins now have $12,741,700 to spend on draft picks. The Astros are first with $13,362,200 to spend. The Orioles have the least amount to spend — only $2,204,400. You can see the full list of team bonus pools here, from Baseball America.
The Astros have the first pick in the draft for the third year in a row. The slot value for the number one pick is set at $7,922,100. Note, however, that the Astros didn’t spend the full amount allotted for the number one draft pick in either 2012 or 2013. The Cardinals have the last pick in the first round, with a slot value of only $1,650,400. Baseball America lists the draft slot values for the first 315 picks here.
Tune in this week on MLB Network or MLB.com. And then watch as teams work to sign their drafted players by the July 18 deadline.