With Ian Desmond finally finding a home with the Rangers, the signals the last of the remaining free agents who were given qualifying offers. Thus, the 2016 draft order is now set in stone.
|2016 MLB Draft 1st Round|
|4||Rockies||24||Padres||*QO to Justin Upton|
|5||Brewers||25||Padres||*QO to Ian Kennedy|
|6||Athletics||26||White Sox||*QO to Jeff Samardzija|
|7||Marlins||27||Orioles||*QO to Wei-Yin Chen|
|8||Padres||28||Nationals||*QO to Jordan Zimmerman|
|9||Tigers||29||Nationals||*QO to Ian Desmond|
|10||White Sox||30||Rangers||*QO to Yovani Gallardo|
|11||Mariners||31||Mets||* QO to David Murphy|
|12||Red Sox||32||Dodgers||*QO to Zack Greinke|
|13||Rays||33||Cardinals||*QO to John Lackey|
|14||Indians||34||Cardinals||* QO to Jason Heyward|
|16||Angels||36||Dodgers||*Compensation for not signing 2015 pick|
|20||Dodgers||40||Braves||*Traded with Marlins|
The top ten picks in the draft are represented by seven national league clubs, and they are also protected from losing those picks due to their records from the 2015 season. Allowing the Tigers to keep their top ten spot, however they did lose their 2nd and 3rd round picks due to the signings of Justin Upton and Jordan Zimmerman. The Marlins also forfeited their 2nd round pick, but kept their position at seventh overall, with the addition of Wei-Yin Chen
For just the second time in franchise history, as well as the second year in a row, the Rays will have the 13th selection in the annual June draft. Last year, they selected Garrett Whitley our o Niskayuna High School.
The Rays will have two picks in the second round, one thanks to the competitive balance lottery as they will select 53rd and 77th overall. Then in the third round, they'll have the 90th selection, and that'll wrap up their picks in the top 100.
The draft isn't for another few months, however, John Town already previewed some of the potential candidates for the Rays to select, here;