Major League Baseball announced today the results of the third annual Competitive Balance Lottery, which will impact the order of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The drawing was conducted earlier this afternoon at Major League Baseball's New York offices and the results were first announced on MLB Network.
The Competitive Balance Lottery, which was agreed upon as a part of the 2012-2016 Basic Agreement between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association, gives Clubs with the lowest revenues and in the smallest markets the opportunity to obtain additional draft picks through a lottery. The 10 Clubs with the lowest revenues and the 10 Clubs in the smallest markets were entered into a lottery for the six selections immediately following the first round of the First-Year Player Draft.
The eligible Clubs that did not receive one of the six selections after the first round, and all other payee Clubs under the Revenue Sharing Plan, were entered into a second lottery for the six picks immediately following the second round of the Draft. A Club's odds of winning the lottery were based on its prior season's winning percentage compared to other eligible Clubs in that lottery round.
The results of the Competitive Balance Lottery are as follows:
(Six Draft Selections Following First Round)
1. Miami Marlins
2. Colorado Rockies
3. St. Louis Cardinals
4. Milwaukee Brewers
5. San Diego Padres
6. Cleveland Indians
(Six Draft Selections Following Second Round)
1. Cincinnati Reds
2. Oakland Athletics
3. Seattle Mariners
4. Minnesota Twins
5. Baltimore Orioles
6. Arizona Diamondbacks
Picks awarded in the Competitive Balance Lottery may be assigned by a Club, subject to certain restrictions.