The order of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft began to take shape Wednesday when the Competitive Balance Lottery was held at the Commissioner's Office in New York.
This year, the Marlins won the lottery and will receive the first pick of Competitive Balance Round A, which is held immediately after the Draft's first round. The Marlins will be followed by the Rockies, Cardinals, Brewers, Padres and Indians.
The Reds won the top pick in Competitive Balance Round B, which is held after the second round of the Draft. Following the Reds in Competitive Balance Round B will be the A's, Mariners, Twins, Orioles and D-backs.
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Introduced when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement began in December 2011, the Competitive Balance Lottery gives teams that 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 receive revenue-sharing funds are eligible for the supplemental second-round selections.
There were 15 teams eligible to receive a pick in this year's lottery -- the Twins and Mariners were eligible for a Round B selection only, by virtue of having received revenue sharing. The Pirates, Rays and Royals were not selected.
The first Competitive Balance Lottery was held in 2012 and was won by the Royals, who ultimately used the pick to select left-hander Sean Manaea. He is now pitching for Class A Advanced Wilmington and is ranked No. 94 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. The Rockies won last year's Competitive Balance Lottery and used the 35th overall pick of the 2014 Draft on Orangewood Christian High School (Fla.) second baseman Forrest Wall. He is now playing at Rookie-level Grand Junction and is hitting .362/.431/.431 in his first 13 professional games.
As the first two Drafts held under the rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement have shown, the Competitive Balance picks take on added importance under the revised Draft rules, which assign bonus pools for each club to cover the first 10 rounds and impose the loss of future Draft picks if the allotments are exceeded by more than 5 percent. In 2013, picks in Competitive Balance Round A added an average of $1,484,500 to each team's pool, a number that increased to $1,781,400 in '14 and could rise again in '15. Picks in Competitive Balance Round B augmented the each club's pool by an average of $790,350 in 2013 and '14.
The Competitive Balance Round picks are the only Draft selections permitted to be traded, subject to some restrictions. Each lottery pick can be traded only once and cash can't be involved in the transaction. The choices can be dealt only during the regular season, up until 5 p.m. ET on the first day of the Draft.
Several picks have changed hands under those rules in the past two years, and some of the picks assigned in Wednesday's Lottery could be included in deals leading up to next week's Trade Deadline. Last year, the Orioles included a pick in Competitive Balance Round A in the package they sent to the Astros in exchange for Bud Norris at the Deadline. That pick eventually netted University of Virginia outfielder Derek Fisher for Houston in last month's Draft.