2013 draft

Pirates Have a Good Chance of Landing a First Round Pick Today

The MLB Competitive Balance Lottery is this afternoon, awarding 12 draft picks to 14 possible teams. Six of those draft picks will come at the end of the first round of the 2014 draft. The other six will come at the end of the second round.

Jonathan Mayo has a breakdown of the Competitive Balance Lottery, along with the percentages of each team to receive a pick from Comp Round A. The Pirates have a 7.5% chance of landing the top pick, which is the sixth best of all teams in the draft. The Colorado Rockies have the best odds at 17%.

If the Pirates don’t get a pick in Comp Round A, they will be one of eight teams competing for a pick in Comp Round B, which comes after the second round of the 2014 draft.

Last year the Pirates received the 35th pick in the draft, which they almost immediately traded in exchange for Gaby Sanchez. They don’t have as strong of a chance at getting a comp pick after the first round this year, but they should get an extra pick from one of the two rounds. It will be interesting to see if they use that pick in a trade again this year.

No word on when the picks will be announced. Last year they were announced live on MLB Network. It seems that the picks will be determined behind the scenes this year.

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