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The Angels are losing ground in the 2017 #1 pick race, and that’s good and/or bad

Cincinnati Reds v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

For awhile there, it seemed like the Angels were going to go for the gold, albeit the infamous kind of gold. Of course, I’m talking about the #1 pick in next year’s draft, a prize that can only be bestowed upon them if they are an absolute dumpster fire this season.

Well, we got an unhealthy dose of that dumpster fire for a good chunk of August, but also in spurts throughout the entire season. That #1 pick was definitely something within the Halos’ grasp. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your Angels outlook in life, the Angels have started to play well as of late, while other teams are picking up the dumpster fire mantle and running away with it.

Here are the leaders of the pack right now for next year’s #1 pick, just going off of their record and not taking into account any ties or what not (so this list aint perfect but it’ll give you an idea nonetheless):

Atlanta 48-83 .366

Minnesota 49-82 .374

Arizona 55-76 .420

San Diego 55-75 .423

Tampa Bay 55-75 .423

Cincinnati 55-75 .423

Milwaukee 56-75 .427

Angels 57-74 .435

So the Angels, as of right now, would be in line for about the 8th pick in the 2017 draft, which isn’t too shabby. MLB drafts aren’t like the NBA, or even the NFL, where chances that #1 pick is for sure going to change/impact your team in a big way are relatively high. I think there isn’t TOO big of a difference between #1 and #8, just depends on the draft class, I reckon.

But it doesn’t appear anybody, not even the most pitiful of Angels’ outings, can topple Atlanta from the top of the list, or even knock Minnesota off of their, as they seem to be #1 with a bullet on this list currently (they are losing a ton of games right now, is what I’m trying to say).

So we’re not the worst! Your mileage may vary on what you do with that, or how you react. Maybe you were hoping for a tanking to beat all tankings, thus wrapping up the #1 pick. Well, doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. You’ll probably have to settle for a run-of-the-mill crappy season as opposed to an epic, historic crappy season.