With the regular season over, the draft order has been finalized and the Yankees have the 18th overall pick in 2014. Going into the last few days of the season, the Yankees were neck and neck with the Orioles for the 17th pick, but thanks to a three game sweep of the Astros to end the season, they won themselves right out of the position. They have the same record, but the tiebreaker is their records from the previous year and the Yankees beat the Orioles in 2012.
Here's a full look at the draft order come June 2014:
This will be the third year in a row that the Astros have the first overall pick in the draft. They chose Carlos Correa with their 2012 pick and Mark Appel with their 2013 pick. Whoever the top talent is this year will likely end up in an Astros organization that should get very exciting in a few years.
Surprisingly, this is only the second time in franchise history that the Marlins have had the second overall pick. The only other time came in 1999 when they drafted Josh Beckett. They only needed to 14th and 23rd picks in 2011 and 2010 to draft talent like Jose Fernandez and Christian Yelich, so imagine what they can do with this pick.
The White Sox have a long history of low draft picks. They drafted Gordon Beckham eighth overall in 2008, but beyond that they haven't picked in the single digits since the 1990 draft. I guess they're finally abysmal enough to get a high draft pick.
The Cubs haven't had the fourth overall pick since they drafted Kerry Wood in 1995. Other than Mark Prior, their first round drafts haven't been too fruitful for them. They drafted 2013 breakout star Josh Donaldson, but ended up trading him for Chad Gaudin at one point. Yuck.
Before 2012 the Twins hadn't had a pick under ten since drafting Joe Mauer first overall in 2001. Now they've had the second and fourth overall picks in the last two years, one of which turned into Bryon Buxton, the top prospect in baseball.
The Mariners have put together a small army of first round prospects including Nick Franklin and Dustin Ackley in 2009, Taijuan Walker in 2010, Danny Hultzen in 2011, and Mike Zunino in 2012. Only Franklin and Walker were non-top 10 picks, so they've been gifted with a lot of chances to grab to flight talent and 2014 will be no different.
The Phillies had a run in the late '90s/early 2000s where they drafted Pat Burrell, Brett Myers, Chase Utley, Gavin Floyd, and Cole Hamels in the first round over five years. Since 2002, they haven't drafted a single useful first round player and haven't had one reach the majors since their 2007 draftee.
The Rockies haven't had a first round pick make the majors since their 2009 supplemental pick, Rex Brothers, and after that it's Troy Tulowitzki. The last time they had the eighth overall pick was back in 2007 when they reached the World Series.
Including supplemental picks, the Blue Jays have had 23 first round picks in the last seven drafts. One of those picks ended up being Noah Syndergaard, but the only real success they have found so far has been with Brett Cecil and J.P. Arencibia from back in 2007. This year they have two first round picks, the ninth and 11th, as compensation for failing to sign their 2013 first round pick Phil Bickford. This is by far their best setup out of all their picks from previous years.
The Mets haven't had a better pick than the 10th overall pick since they drafted Matt Harvey seventh in 2010. Since then they also came away with Brandon Nimmo in 2011 and could look to come up big in 2014 with the 10th overall pick. After five straight college first round picks between 2007, 2008, and 2010, the Mets have gone with high school players in four of their last five first round picks.
The Brewers haven't had a top 10 pick since 2007 when they draft Matt LaPorta, but they have been successful in drafting Brett Lawrie and Jake Odorizzi. Of their last nine first round picks, dating back to 2009, none have seen time in the majors at this point. They gave up their 2013 first round pick for Kyle Lohse and now they probably want to make up for that mistake.
This is the second year in a row that the Padres have the 13th overall pick. They have had 10 first round picks in the last three years, so they're loaded with young talent. Unfortunately, Logan Forsythe has been their only successful first round pick since 2008 and none have made it to the majors since.
The Giants have done well in the first round over the last several years, drafting Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, and Zack Wheeler, as well as Kyle Crick and Joe Panik. The 14th pick is their lowest pick since they chose Wheeler in 2009 6th overall.
Mike Trout is the Angels' only successful first round pick since Jered Weaver in 2004, but it's also their lowest pick in ten years. The Angels were the last team in the draft to finish under .500 this season.
The Diamondbacks have remained steady between 2013's 15th overall pick and 2014's 15th overall pick. They have been very successful in finding future major leaguers in the last 10+ years, drafting Stephen Drew, Justin Upton, Max Scherzer, Jarrod Parker, Wade Miley and more. They've also accumulated some of the best prospects in baseball over the last few years.
The Orioles went an entire decade accumulating top 10 first round draft picks, and while many of their top prospects flamed out, their first round picks seemed to work out. Matt Wieters, Manny Machado, Dylan Bundy, and Kevin Gausman were all products of their most recent top picks and now they have their lowest pick, 17th overall, in two years.
The Yankees haven't had a pick as lower than 18 since C.J. Henry in 2005. They've drafted a lot of disappointing players in the first round, including Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, Andrew Brackman. In fact, Joba is their last first round pick to spend any substantial time in the majors with the team. The Yankees haven't really had a successful first round pick since they drafted Derek Jeter sixth overall in 1992.
This is the highest the Royals have chosen their first pick since the 1995 draft, that's how bad this team has been for so long. Their core of players is comprised of former first round draft picks: Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, and Aaron Crowe. By competing for the first time in years, they'll now have to hope a little harder to find the diamonds in the rough with the 19th pick overall.
Despite a widely disappointing season, the Nationals still have the 20th overall pick, the highest they will chose their first pick since the team came into existence. Gone are the days where Washington could collect a first round draft pick and grab Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper two years in a row. They'll have to start getting creative.
The Cincinnati Reds' first round success since Jay Bruce in 2005 is still up in the air. They have been up and down in the draft order since then and have found some success with Todd Frazier and Mike Leake, but have also traded away Yasmani Grandal and Tonder Alonso. After choosing 27th overall in 2013, It looks like they're spot in the draft has gotten better again with the 21st overall pick.
After 10 years in a row of top ten picks and four drafts of choosing first overall, the Rays haven't chosen under 17th since 2010 when they finally became competitive. Since then, not a single first round pick of theirs has made it to the majors, though 22nd overall is their lowest pick since 2010.
The Rangers have the same 23rd overall pick that they had this year, but they've also had 20 first round picks over the last seven drafts, so their system should be pretty stacked. Despite this, the best player they've gotten out of the first round in that time was Tommy Hunter, back in 2007. They have Mike Olt and Joey Gallo as well, but it doesn't look like they've been very successful so far.
The Indians haven't picked as high as 24th overall since 2008, when they drafted Lonnie Chisenhall 29th overall. In the last three drafts they've come away with two of the biggest prospect in baseball; Francisco Lindor and Clint Frazier, though going from fifth overall in 2013 all the way up to 24th is going to hurt their chances of finding another winner.
The Dodgers haven't had much success in the first round since they drafted Clayton Kershaw sixth overall in 2006. They've had relatively high picks since then and their 25th over pick fits right in. James Loney and Chad Billingsley are really the only other first round picks they've made in the last 20 years that faired out well.
The Tigers haven't made a huge showing in the first round over the last few years, opting to go without a first round pick between 2010 to 2012. Their 26th overall pick represents the highest pick they've had since drafting Rick Porcello 27th overall in 2007.
In the history of the MLB Draft, the Pirates have never had a first round pick that was as high as 27th overall. Unfortunately, their first round bounty in the last 10 years has only produced Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, and Gerrit Cole, which is definitely a good haul, but if the Pirates continue to succeed, they won't be getting many chances to grab frontline talent at the top of the draft anymore.
The Athletics have never picked as high as 28th overall in the draft. Between 2008 and 2012, the A's chose in the teens every year and came away with their top prospects Sonny Gray, Michael Choice and Grant Green. They haven't really chosen a high end talent in the first round since either Huston Street in 2004 or Nick Swisher in 2002 and now it's just going to get tougher if they continue to win.
With the 29th pick, the Braves have chose at the back of the first round since 1991, the year after they drafter Chipper Jones first overall. They had one small dip in between 2007 and 2009 when they picked up Jayson Heyward 14th overall and Mike Minor 7th overall, but haven't gotten much since.
After a large drop off in 2012, the Red Sox chose seventh overall in this year's draft, however, they had been drafting in the upper half of the first round for over ten years before that. They are now set to settle back down with the 30th pick in the draft. Despite their plethora of top prospects from the first round, none have really made a lasting career since Jacoby Ellsbury back in 2005.
Despite being one of the better teams in baseball over the last ten years, the Cardinals have accumulated 22 first round picks over nine seasons. Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha could be the prizes from such an abundance of picks, but the last pick in the first round is always a challenge. If there's one organization who could find someone all the way back there, it's probably the Cardinals with their 31st pick.
In the competitive balance round, Colorado (32), Houston (33), Cleveland (34), Miami (35), Kansas City (36), and Milwaukee (37) will all get a pick between the first and second rounds. After the second round San Diego, Arizona, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, and Seattle will all get an additional pick.