It’s never too early to start thinking about next years draft. This especially for a franchise like that the Miami Marlins that prides itself on grooming their own prospects to build competitive teams.
Earlier this afternoon, the Competitive Balance Lottery for the 2015 MLB Draft took place. Here is an explanation of the purpose of the Lottery, from MLB.com’s Jim Callis:
Introduced when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement came into play in December 2011, the Competitive Balance Lottery gives teams who have either one of the 10 smallest markets or 10 smallest revenue pools one of six additional choices after each of the first and second rounds. Additionally, any other clubs that are eligible to receive revenue-sharing funds are eligible for the supplemental second-round selections.
This year, the Athletics, Brewers, Cardinals, D-backs, Indians, Marlins, Orioles, Padres, Pirates, Rays, Reds, Rockies and Royals have a shot at the supplemental first-round picks. Whichever teams from that group don’t get one of those will be eligible for the supplemental second-rounders, as will the Mariners and Twins. The lottery will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET, at the Commissioner’s Office in New York.
The Marlins won the lottery that was held earlier today and were awarded the first pick in the round between end of the first round and the beginning of the second round. As a result of having the first pick, the Marlins will also have extra money in their draft lottery pool.
Here is the order of the draft:
Competitive Balance Round A
Competitive Balance Round B