DENVER -- The Pirates have suddenly moved into position to make a huge impact in next June's First-Year Player Draft.
Already holding a pair of first-round picks, the Bucs drew another early selection in Wednesday's inaugural MLB Competitive Balance Lottery. As a negotiated element of the 2012-16 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Lottery essentially gives the 10 lowest-revenue and 10 smallest-market clubs a chance at an additional sandwich pick either following the first or second round.
In Wednesday's lottery, the Pirates were awarded the second post-first round pick (Kansas City drew the first sandwich choice).
The Bucs already held a pair of first-round picks: Their regular yet-to-be-determined slot, pending their 2012 final standing, and the No. 9 pick as compensation for not being able to sign their No. 1 choice last month, Stanford right-hander Mark Appel.