And it doesn’t, unless something really weird happens, but with about six weeks of baseball left, here is your current 2013 MLB Draft Order as of the completion of Sunday’s games, and a few things I find interesting about the current draft order.
|06. Kansas City|
|09. Pittsburgh — For failing to sign Mark Appel|
|10. San Diego|
|11. New York-NL|
|17. Los Angeles-AL|
|19. Los Angeles-NL|
|23. St. Louis|
|24. Tampa Bay|
|25. San Francisco|
|28. New York-AL|
Interesting thing No.1: There is no race for No.1, but then it gets interesting – Houston has this thing locked up, a ten game lead with 34 games to play and no end to the losing in sight. The race for picks two through five though — if you want to call it that — is quite close. The Rockies seemed to have a firm grasp on the No.2 pick but have played surprisingly well over the last two weeks, making the Cubs the prohibitive favorite. Watch out for Cleveland and Minnesota, however, and Toronto is making a strong push for a top five pick as well. There, I just spun your favorite teams awful season into somewhat of a positive. You’re welcome.
Interesting thing No.2: Not-so-status-quo: Maybe it was just me, but it seems like the draft order didn’t change a whole heck of a lot the last few years. This year, outside of Houston on top and a few other placeholders, things have shifted quite a bit. The Orioles seemingly never-ending run of picking in the top ten comes to an end, while Philadelphia and Boston both would have protected first-round picks under the old rules. In fact, 13 of 30 — or just above 40% — of teams would be picking ten spots lower or higher than they did the year before. If parity is the goal, here’s some proof that things might be working.
Interesting thing No.3: If you don’t live close to a coast, your home team probably isn’t very good: The middle of this country — and continent — has seen some pretty horrific baseball this year. Five of the first six picks belong to teams that are located in the Central divisions, with only Colorado (and lets be honest, Colorado isn’t exactly my first thought when I think of the West Coast) breaking the streak. Toronto and Milwaukee have also been disappointing, and the Tigers haven’t dominated the AL Central like many thought they would. At least the White Sox and Reds have been pleasant surprises for those “in-between” the Pacific and Atlantic.
Interesting thing No.4: The 2013 draft is only ten months away – Yep, I am reaching. Thanks for noticing.