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As regular season ends, Draft order takes shape

As regular season ends, Draft order takes shape


The Rays' victory over the Rangers Monday night determined more than just the 10th and final playoff spot. The outcome of that game also finalized the basic order for the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, as Texas will pick one spot before Tampa Bay in each round.

2014 draft order
Draft order is based on the reverse order of the previous season's final regular season standings.
Pick Team W L PCT
1 Astros 51 111 .315
2 Marlins 62 100 .383
3 White Sox 63 99 .389
4 Cubs 66 96 .407
5 Twins 66 96 .407
6 Mariners 71 91 .438
7 Phillies 73 89 .451
8 Rockies 74 88 .457
9 Blue Jays 74 88 .457
10 Mets 74 88 .457
11 Blue Jays (comp pick for Phil Bickford)
12 Brewers 74 88 .457
13 Padres 76 86 .469
14 Giants 76 86 .469
15 Angels 78 84 .481
16 D-backs 81 81 .500
17 Orioles 85 77 .525
18 Yankees 85 77 .525
19 Royals 86 76 .531
20 Nationals 86 76 .531
21 Reds 90 72 .556
22 Rangers 91 72 .558
23 Rays 92 71 .564
24 Indians 92 70 .568
25 Dodgers 92 70 .568
26 Tigers 93 69 .574
27 Pirates 94 68 .580
28 Athletics 96 66 .593
29 Braves 96 66 .593
30 Red Sox 97 65 .599
31 Cardinals 97 65 .599

Click here for complete 2014 Draft order.

The Astros will make the No. 1 overall selection when the 2014 Draft begins on June 5. Houston has the top pick for the third straight year, something that never has happened before.

That wouldn't have been possible from the start of the Draft in 1965 through 2006, when the American and National leagues alternated choices. Since then, the Rays (David Price and Tim Beckham in 2007-08), Nationals (Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper in 2009-10) and Astros (Carlos Correa and Mark Appel in 2012-13) have had consecutive No. 1 overall picks.

North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon is the current favorite to kick off the 2014 Draft. Other top prospects include East Carolina right-hander Jeff Hoffman, Shepherd HS (Texas) right-hander Tyler Kolek, North Carolina State shortstop Trea Turner and Rancho Bernardo HS (Calif.) catcher/outfielder Alex Jackson. Scouts consider the 2014 Draft crop stronger than the 2012 and 2013 classes, particularly in terms of high school pitching.

As of now, the Blue Jays are the lone team with multiple 2014 first-rounders. They have their regular choice at No. 9 and a compensation selection at No. 11. Toronto received the latter pick for failing to sign Phil Bickford, the California high school right-hander the Jays drafted 10th overall in June.

The order in the first round likely will feature several changes between now and next June, the result of free-agent compensation. Teams have until five days after the end of the World Series to make a qualifying offer to their former players who become free agents. If a club makes that offer, which is a one-year salary equivalent to the average of the top 125 salaries in 2013 (expected to in the neighborhood of $14 million), it will get a choice at the end of the first round as compensation if the player signs elsewhere.

Additionally, the team that signs the free agent will lose its first-rounder, unless the pick falls within the top 10 selections, in which case the team forfeits its highest available pick. The Bickford compensation choice also is protected from free-agent compensation.

After the 2012 season, nine free agents received qualifying offers. All nine turned down the offers, and six wound up signing with new teams.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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