NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cleveland will have the No. 1 pick in next year’s amateur baseball draft for the first time, winning the lottery on Tuesday’s second try when Washington originally went No. 1 but was ineligible. did.
Major League Baseball and the Players Association agreed to the lottery in the March 2022 labor contract, an innovation designed to stop struggling teams from intentionally targeting high draft picks by eliminating veterans. is.
The 18 teams that did not make the playoffs entered a weighted lottery, and the first of four ping pong ball draws, held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, resulted in a 3-9-11-13, National It was a winning combination for Z. There are 1,001 combinations.
Washington’s collective bargaining agreement stipulates that teams paying a revenue-sharing plan cannot have back-to-back lottery picks, and the Nationals selected outfielder Dylan Cruz at No. 2. He didn’t deserve to be in the top six. This year’s selection.
The ping pong balls were redrawn and the Guardians’ combination of 8-14-10-7 was chosen. The results were televised from the Winter Meetings Ballroom on MLB Network about two hours later.
Cincinnati will pick No. 2 in the July 14 draft in Arlington, Texas, followed by Colorado, Oakland, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City, St. Louis, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh and Washington.
Detroit was selected 11th, followed by Boston, San Francisco, Chicago Cubs, Seattle, Miami, Milwaukee and Tampa Bay.
The Guardians tied for 22nd place out of 30 teams this year, giving them a 2% chance of winning the lottery. Based on lottery odds, Cleveland jumped up from the ninth spot and Cincinnati moved from 13th to second.
Since the amateur draft began in 1965, Cleveland has made the No. 2 pick five times, most recently selecting Paul Shuey in 1992.
West Virginia infielder JJ Weatherholt, Wake Forest first baseman Nick Kurtz and right-hander Chase Burns, Oregon State second baseman Travis Bazana, and Florida State first baseman and left-hander Jack Carianone are among the top picks. included in the initial forecast.
Oakland had the worst record in the major leagues with 50 wins and 112 losses, but fell to 4th place after finishing 6th last year with the second-worst record. The Athletics, Rockies, and Royals each had an 18.3% chance of acquiring the No. 1 pick, tied for the highest of all teams.
The New York Mets, Yankees, and San Diego are all likely to drop 10 spots in the draft because they each exceeded the luxury tax threshold for the second time and did not have a top-six pick in the lottery. The Mets are expected to pick 19th, the Padres 25th and the Yankees 26th.
Oakland will no longer be eligible for a top-six pick in 2025, as it receives revenue sharing and has already had a top-six pick two years in a row.
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