One of the bigger changes to the MLB Draft as a result of the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement was the implementation of the two Competitive Balance rounds. Teams in the bottom ten of the league in terms of revenue and market size, as well as any organization that received revenue sharing in the previous year, are entered into a lottery for the chance to win extra picks in the Top 100 overall selections of the draft.
Twelve extra picks are issued, split between two rounds – A and B. Round A falls between the first and second rounds of the draft. Round B falls after the second.
Part of what distinguishes these selections from others is that teams have the ability to trade these competitive balance selections. Two of the picks have been moved in the past year. Houston acquired the 37th pick in last summer’s trade with the Baltimore Orioles for Bud Norris. Pittsburgh picked up the 39th pick just this past week from Miami in return for Bryan Morris.
Miami also received a compensatory selection, #36 overall, after failing to sign their 2013 selection at #35 overall (Matt Krook).
35. Colorado Rockies: Forrest Wall. 2B. Orangewood Christian HS, FL.
36. Miami Marlins: Blake Anderson. C. West Lauderdale HS, MS.
37. Houston Astros: Derek Fisher. OF. Virginia.
38. Cleveland Indians: Mike Papi. OF. Virginia.
39. Pittsburgh Pirates: Connor Joe. OF/C. Univ. of San Diego.
40. Kansas City Royals: Chase Vallot. C. St. Thomas More HS, LA.
41. Milwaukee Brewers: Jacob Gatewood. SS. Clovis HS, CA.
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