Thursday, July 19, 2012

That's one way to get an extra draft pick - Competitive balance lottery results

The first competitive balance lottery was held yesterday (although MLB's website had it as being held on Monday, July 16th).  Here are the results

Picks after the end of the supplemental first round (i.e., right before the second round begins):
  1. Royals
  2. Pirates
  3. Diamondbacks
  4. Orioles
  5. Reds
  6. Marlins
Picks after the second round:

  1. Padres
  2. Indians
  3. Rockies
  4. Athletics
  5. Brewers
  6. Tigers
St. Louis and Tampa, the other two teams with a chance to get extra picks based on being small market, small revenue clubs, didn't receive an extra pick.  Detroit received an extra pick as they received revenue sharing.

The ability to get a pick was weighted by a number of things that I don't completely understand but one of those was winning pct. in 2011.

The order of the winning pct. (along with where the picks ended up in parentheses) was:

1. Baltimore (4)
2. KC (1)
3. SD (7)
4. Miami (6)
5. Pittsburgh (2)
6. Colorado (9)
7. Oakland (10)
8. CInnicnnati (5)
9. Cleveland (8)
10. St. Louis (no pick)
11. Tampa (no pick)
12. Arizona (3)
13. Detroit (12)
14. Milwaukee (11)

So, the Indians ended up about where they should based on their record last year.  In fact, most teams ended up within 3 places of where they finished, record-wise, last year except for Arizona and, since we don't know how other factors like revenue ranking and small market size factored in, most teams may have ended up closer to where their weighted ranking might have put them.

Hey, an extra pick is an extra pick, even if, like the Indians, it will probably close to the 75th pick in the draft next year.

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