Pirates win 1st MLB draft lottery, right to pick No. 1; Nats get No. 2

The Pittsburgh Pirates secured the first pick in next year’s draft Tuesday during Major League Baseball’s inaugural draft lottery. The next five picks each went to the Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics.

MLB and the MLB Players’ Association agreed in the new collective bargaining agreement on a draft lottery in which the 18 teams that did not make the postseason would compete for the first six selections. Odds, based on the 2022 win percentage, ranged from 16.5% (for the Pirates, Nationals and A’s) to 0.2% (Milwaukee Brewers).

It’s the sixth time the Pirates have picked the first and second in three years. They took No. 1 Louisville catcher Henry Davis in 2021.

“As we all know, getting a little momentum every now and then in this game helps — and we got one tonight,” Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said during an interview with MLB Network.

The A’s went for the best shot at the #1 overall pick and ended up with the #6 pick. The Twins took an even bigger step in the other direction, starting with 13th best odds and eventually picking fifth place.

Picks #7 through 18 in next year’s draft – slated for July in Seattle, the site of the next All-Star Game – will be slotted by inverse odds, followed by how the postseason teams (the World Series champion Houston Astros for example will pick 30th place). Rounds 2 through 20 are navigated entirely in reverse order of win percentage and postseason finish.

“We know that coming up in the draft is really important. Whether it’s 1, 3 or 5, we need to get those picks right and bring in good players,” Cherington said. “So I don’t feel like there’s more pressure. We’ve obviously been practicing with that lately. I expect and certainly hope that we won’t be sitting in that spot in the years to come. But we’ll take advantage of it. ” .”

MLB placed more picks to win than any other major in its first draft lottery. Only the top four picks of the NBA draft are reached through the draft lottery. In the NHL, it’s only the first two.

The bottom three major league teams were all given equal chances for the No. 1 pick overall to reduce the incentive to tank for the worst record. Wholesale teams (defined as those not receiving revenue share) may not enter the draft lottery for consecutive years; Small market teams cannot participate for three years.

MLB Network announced the results of the lottery in a ballroom at the San Diego Hyatt hotel hosting this year’s winter meetings, with executives from the 18 eligible clubs seated at nearby tables and outfielder-turned-MLB manager Raul Ibanez reading the results . But the process took place hours later, when a collection of sealed balls arrived in a suitcase and the 18 teams were assigned 1,001 four-number combinations (the higher the odds for the No. 1 overall pick, the more combinations the team was assigned). ). Bill Francis, who helps run the MLB draft, chose the six combinations of four numbers that determined the order. PricewaterhouseCoopers oversaw the process.

This is the sixth time the Pirates have chosen the overall winner.

Options they could consider with the top pick include LSU outfielder Dylan Crews, Florida outfielder Wyatt Langford and Ole Miss shortstop Jacob Gonzalez, according to ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/35199694/pirates-win-1st-mlb-draft-lottery-right-pick-no-1-nats-get-no-2 Pirates win 1st MLB draft lottery, right to pick No. 1; Nats get No. 2

Emma Bowman

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