Daily Notes: Most Basic Possible Guide to the Draft

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. Most Basic Possible Guide to the Draft
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Most Basic Possible Guide to the Draft
Baseball’s amateur draft begins today and extends through Saturday. Below is a collection of the most basic possible information — like, totally elementary — concerning it.

Only the first two rounds of the draft will be conducted on Thursday. Rounds 3-10 will continue on Friday, with the remaining 30 rounds taking place on Saturday.

Here’s some of that same information, except also with start times and in the form of a table:

Day Rounds Start (ET)
Thursday 01-02 19:00
Friday 03-10 12:30
Saturday 11-40 13:00

Broadcast Information
According to MLB.com, both that site (via video stream) and MLB Network will broadcast the first day of the draft. The second and third days (i.e. Friday and Saturday) will be available via MLB.com only, it seems. As of press time, no link to the MLB.com feed is available, although one assumes that pointing one’s browser to MLB.com around 7pm ET tonight, for example, would be some kind of start.

Draft Order
Here, very much courtesy Baseball America, is a table featuring the first-round draft order, with each pick’s assigned value per the terms of the current CBA:

Pick Team Value
1 Astros $7,790,400
2 Cubs $6,708,400
3 Rockies $5,626,400
4 Twins $4,544,400
5 Indians $3,787,000
6 Marlins $3,516,500
7 Red Sox $3,246,000
8 Royals $3,137,800
9 Pirates (for failure to sign Mark Appel) $3,029,600
10 Blue Jays $2,921,400
11 Mets $2,840,300
12 Mariners $2,759,100
13 Padres $2,678,000
14 Pirates $2,569,800
15 Diamondbacks $2,434,500
16 Phillies $2,299,300
17 White Sox $2,164,000
18 Dodgers $2,109,900
19 Cardinals $2,055,800
20 Tigers $2,001,700
21 Rays $1,974,700
22 Orioles $1,947,600
23 Rangers $1,920,600
24 Athletics $1,893,500
25 Giants $1,866,500
26 Yankees $1,839,400
27 Reds $1,812,400
28 Cardinals (for loss of free agent Kyle Lohse) $1,785,300
29 Rays (for loss of free agent B.J. Upton) $1,758,300
30 Rangers (for loss of free agent Josh Hamilton) $1,731,200
31 Braves (for loss of free agent Michael Bourn) $1,704,200
32 Yankees (for loss of free agent Nick Swisher) $1,677,100
33 Yankees (for loss of free agent Rafael Soriano) $1,650,100

Various Mock Drafts
Here are links to various and notable mock drafts, with each mock draft’s first pick noted:

Baseball America: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Univ. of Oklahoma
Bullpen Banter*: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Univ. of Oklahoma
Keith Law: Colin Moran, 3B, Univ. of North Carolina
Kiley McDaniel: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
John Sickels: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford

*Note: not a mock draft proper, but rather a collection of top-50 draft prospects.

A Rumor
Rumors abound — or, at least one rumor is presently abounding — that FanGraphs’ own Al Skorupa will assist in real-time coverage of the draft later today.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Tampa Bay at Detroit | 13:08 ET
Roberto Hernandez (57.1 IP, 87 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR) faces Max Scherzer (76.1 IP, 69 xFIP-, 2.6 WAR). The latter is second only to Yu Darvish in terms of strikeout rate this season.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit or Tampa Bay Radio.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.1.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Rob. Hernandez TB 6 7 8 7 10 DET Max Scherzer 13:08
Mig. Gonzalez BAL 3 9 3 3 2 HOU Bud Norris 14:10
Shaun Marcum NYN 5 6 5 2 6 WAS Gio Gonzalez 19:05
Derek Holland TEX 10 4 7 9 5 BOS Jon Lester 19:10
Ian Kennedy AZ 3 3 5 2 9 STL Shelby Miller 19:15
Mike Pelfrey MIN 0 3 3 5 5 KC Wade Davis 20:10
Dan Straily OAK 7 6 5 0 4 CHA Jose Quintana 20:10
Tyler Cloyd PHI 2 3 4 4 6 MIL Wily Peralta 20:10
And. Cashner SD 6 7 6 8 4 COL Jhoulys Chacin 20:40
Tim Hudson ATL 6 9 5 3 3 LAN Zack Greinke 22:10
Phil Hughes NYA 6 5 5 5 5 SEA Aaron Harang 22:10

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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  1. Don Sutton says:

    I must have gotten traded back to LA somehow……

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  2. Jeff says:


    I am sure the Atlanta radio broadcast team is quite good, but I would imagine they would be pretty unsatisfying if I was wishing to learn about the Tigers-Rays game today.

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  3. Eminor3rd says:

    F***ing stupid White Sox and their stupid 0 NERD. They ARE a godd*mn zero.

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    • cass says:

      I feel a bit better about the Nats “2” now that you pointed that out. But I have a feeling these scores don’t take into account which players are on the DL. I’m sure the Nats are less than two when Bryce Harper is not playing. They’re probably a “0” without Bryce, come to think of it…

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  4. Trevor Barker says:

    I am still pretty confused with the NERD scores calculations, I understand they are the “watchability” score. However why are teams like MIL, SD, SEA, and KC ranked so high compared to better teams like ARZ, STL, and BAL?

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    • FanGraphs Supporting Member

      Generally speaking, if a team has a lower ranking than you’d assume, it’s probably because most of the pleasure to be derived from that team has to do with said team’s starting pitching — which isn’t accounted for by Team NERD.

      So, like, with St. Louis. Their starters are almost uniformly excellent. But their offense has been merely average, they’re below average in terms of park-adjusted home-run rate, and they’ve been miserable running the bases (-6.3 runs there, 29th in league).

      Still, because their pitchers are good, most Cardinals’ games will still receive pretty high scores.

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  5. FanGraphs Supporting Member

    With one pick in the top 100, it’s like my Nationals are taking the day off.

    Aside from a major-league game, that is!

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    • Brazen Reader says:

      One more pick then the Angels. At least we have Robert Coello’s fork-knuckle ball, gifs of which Dear Author conspicuously ignores.

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    • cass says:

      The Nationals sure seemed to be taking last night off, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they do so again tonight.

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  6. Steve says:

    No further comment on the enigmatic Max Scherzer’s start today, Carson? Does Corey Kluber have full possession of your heart now?

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