A few things to know about this year’s Major League Baseball draft:
WHEN: Starts Monday at 7 p.m. EDT and continues for 40 rounds over three days, with first two rounds (and two “competitive balance rounds”) from MLB Network’s studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. Rounds 3-10 on Tuesday and rounds 11-40 on Wednesday will be held via conference calls with teams.
FIRST PICK: Twins have No. 1 overall pick for third time, and first since taking Minnesota high school catcher Joe Mauer in 2001.
ORDER: Determined by reverse order of finish in overall standings from last season.
TOP PROSPECTS: Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright, Louisville first baseman/left-hander Brendan McKay, California high school right-hander/shortstop Hunter Greene, North Carolina high school lefty MacKenzie Gore, California high school shortstop/outfielder Royce Lewis.
ON THE CLOCK: Teams have 4 minutes to make picks in first round, and 1 minute in first competitive balance round, second round, second competitive balance round and rounds 3-10. Rest of draft has selections without time delays.
COMPETITIVE BALANCE ROUNDS: These rounds give teams with 10 lowest revenues and 10 smallest markets opportunity to get additional picks. Six selections awarded (competitive balance round A) following first round through formula that considers winning percentage and revenue. Eligible teams not receiving one of those will pick in competitive balance round B following second round. Competitive balance picks are tradable up until a few hours before draft begins, but teams not permitted to deal any other picks in draft.
SIGNING DEADLINE: Teams must sign their drafted players, other than those who were college seniors, by 5 p.m. EDT on July 7. Players who have exhausted their college eligibility have until one week before 2018 draft to sign.
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