The most underrated draft is tonight: 2018 MLB Draft
It doesn’t get a whole lot of coverage in comparison to the other professional sport leagues, but the 2018 MLB Draft kicks off tonight and a lot of talent is about to start their pro careers.
I’m not going to go into a wild assortment of analysis on the prospects like the NFL Draft, because if I’m being honest, high school and college baseball doesn’t fall under my ‘watch list’ just like Craig Calcaterra over at Hardball Talk who laid out an impressive catch-you-up list if you want to learn more.
The major difference between the baseball draft and the other formats is the minor league system. The players drafted tonight won’t be on the big league club right away–the best, most pro-ready prospects are likely a year or two away from seeing time with their big league clubs–some even longer.
That doesn’t mean drafting isn’t important, just look at the Astros and Cubs the last two World Series’ champs who built the bulk of their rosters through the draft and their minor league systems.
Calcaterra outlined the potential top picks in a solid quote:
Depending on whose mock drafts and previews you look at, Casey Mize, a right-handed pitcher from Auburn, Joey Bart, a catcher from Georgia Tech or Cole Winn, a high school righty from California are top candidates to be picked first and, in any event, will likely go in the top five. Nick Madrigal is a middle infielder from Oregon State who is thought of highly, as is Brady Singer [right-hander from Florida].
The Detroit Tigers have No. 1 overall pick for second time in franchise history, and the first since taking Rice pitcher Matt Anderson in 1997.
Where: MLB Network Headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey
Schedule: Monday (Rounds 1-2; 7 p.m. ET); Tuesday (Rounds 3-10; 1 p.m. ET); Wednesday (Rounds 11-40; 12 p.m. ET)
TV: MLB Network (Round 1)
Live Stream: MLB.com (All rounds)
First Round Draft Order
- Detroit Tigers
- San Francisco Giants
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Chicago White Sox
- Cincinnati Reds
- New York Mets
- San Diego Padres
- Atlanta Braves
- Oakland Athletics
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Baltimore Orioles
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Miami Marlins
- Seattle Mariners
- Texas Rangers
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Los Angeles Angels
- Kansas City Royals
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Minnesota Twins
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Colorado Rockies
- New York Yankees
- Chicago Cubs
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Boston Red Sox
- Washington Nationals
- Houston Astros
- Cleveland Indians
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- Tampa Bay Rays (compensation for Alex Cobb, who signed with the Orioles. Baltimore forfeited its second-round pick.)
- Tampa Bay Rays (compensation for not signing Drew Rasmussen)
- Kansas City Royals (compensation for Lorenzo Cain, who signed with the Brewers. Milwaukee forfeited its third-round pick.)
- Kansas City Royals (compensation for Eric Hosmer, who signed with the Padres. San Diego forfeited its second-round pick.)
- Cleveland Indians (compensation for Carlos Santana, who signed with the Phillies. Philadelphia forfeited its second-round pick.)
There you have it, if you scrolled down this far you know just little bit about the 2018 MLB Draft. Congratulations.