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2018 MLB draft Day 1 open thread

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The Rays have five selections Monday night as the 2018 draft gets underway.

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In one of the most important drafts for the team in recent seasons, the Rays will have three extra picks on Monday — one as compensation for Alex Cobb signing with Baltimore, one as compensation for not signing Drew Rasmussen last season, and one as a competitive-balance pick.

How to watch Day 1 of the draft

When: Monday, June 4, 6 p.m. (preview show) 7 p.m. (draft)

TV: MLB Network

Online: MLB.com

Here at DRaysBay, we previewed a number of players the Rays could select this year:

College pitchers
Corner bats
High school pitchers
Up-the-middle bats

The Rays can spend up to $12,415,600 on their picks.

You can read some more of our draft content from this post on Sunday. As the Rays make picks, we will have new posts with information on their selections.

The Tigers will be on the clock first with the No. 1 pick. It’s expected that they’ll take Auburn ace Casey Mize with the first pick, and a run on college bats will soon start.

Throughout the draft Monday night, Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel will be chatting at FanGraphs.