The Major League Rule 4 amateur draft takes place beginning today!
Here is what you need to know about the draft. We’ll also have an open draft thread later today to discuss the Angels (and other teams) picks.
When is the draft? Rounds 1 and 2 will be Monday, June 3rd at 4PM PT. This will encompass 78 total picks (Rounds: 1st, Supplemental 1st, Competitive Balance A, 2nd, Competitive Balance B, Supplemental 2nd). Rounds 3-10 will be Tuesday, June 4th at 10AM PT. Rounds 11-40 will be on June 6th at 9AM PT.
Can I watch the draft? MLB Network will provide coverage beginning at 3PM PT on Monday. Coverage on Tuesday and Wednesday will be online at MLB.com.
You can also follow along on the MLB Draft Twitter account and MLB Live Draft Tracker.
What players can be selected? Players eligible to be drafted are players from the United States or Canada who have either (a) graduated high school but not attended college yet; (b) finished at least their junior year of college or are at least 21 years old; or (c) any junior college player. Players can be selected and opt not to sign and choose to attend school.
When do the Angels pick? The Angels will pick at #15 and #55 for the first two rounds. Their other top 100 pick will be #92 in the 3rd round on Tuesday. You can find the full draft order here. The slot values of those top 100 picks are $3,885,800 for #15, $1,307,000 for #55, and $637,600 for #92.
Can teams trade picks? NO.*
*-teams can trade competitive balance picks, but only during the regular season, and they can only be traded once.
What are draft bonus pools? Teams are awarded bonus values based on their draft pick. Those values for the first ten rounds are combined to give each team a draft bonus pool they cannot exceed. That pool amount can be dispersed however the team wishes. The Angels will have $7,608,700 to spend in the first 10 rounds. Compare that to the Diamondbacks who have the most to spend ($16,093,700).
Who the Angels will select? Only Billy Eppler knows, but you can check out Turks Teeth’s articles here and here. Several other sites have listed their choice for the Angels as well:
MLB.com: Keoni Cavaco, 3B, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, Calif.)
MLB Pipeline: Corbin Carroll, OF, Lakeside HS (Seattle)
Baseball America: Matthew Allen, RHP, Seminole HS (Sanford, FL)
Bleacher Report: Zack Thompson, LHP, University of Kentucky